Insights into the solo escape of an 11-year-old from Ukraine

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — A decade ago, Yulia Pisetska fled the war in Syria to her native Ukraine, carrying a 1-year-old baby in her arms. When war returned to her doorstep, with the Russian army closing in and fighting threatening a nearby nuclear power plant, she knew it was time to evacuate her son, now 11, again.

But how? She couldn’t leave her old mother who was suffering from dementia. Three of her other children, all teenagers, had already fled to Slovakia, where another 20-year-old brother was studying. So Ms. Pisetska saw only one option: Alhasan, her youngest boy, who rarely left her side, had to make it on his own.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/inside-an-11-year-olds-solo-escape-from-ukraine-11648719000 Insights into the solo escape of an 11-year-old from Ukraine

Ethan Gach

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