• Номер запису / Number of record: 45-09-06
  • Автор(-ка) / Author: Stefania
  • Дата запису / Date of record: March 18, 2022
  • Регіон / Region: Ivano-Frankivsk region

In 17 days (from 26.02 til 14.03), Stefania hosted 25 people — total strangers, who were fleeing from the war in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Kryvyi Rih. The largest group of people at one time was 11. Mostly, they make «transit» stops to rest here before crossing the border.

This woman says she is happy even with such fleeting company, as her husband died recently and her children have been working abroad.

«It's more fun for me when someone lives with me, when I have someone to care for, someone to talk to. I give two rooms, a fridge, and the kitchen to the people who come to me — I tell them just to do their own thing here,» she says.

«Friends ask me: 'Stefo, how can you leave strangers in your house and just go to the store or to church?' And I say, 'why should I be scared? These are people, not animals; I trust them.' And also, before new residents come to stay, I try to make sure that they are fed after their journey, and that they come to a warm house and can feel like they did at home.»

«I will host people for as long as they need it. This is my personal little contribution to our peace.»

Iryna Andriiv, journalist, Ivano-Frankivs'k