Ukraine: refugees welcomed in Mazara thanks to a passion for dogs

Pastor of the Ukrainian community in Perugia:

(ANSA) – MAZARA DEL VALLO, APRIL 17 – From Odessa to Mazara del Vallo (Tp) to escape the war. It is the story of Elena Savytska, 63, of her two daughters, Julia of 37 and Anna of 36, and of her nephew Alex of 13: four refugees who arrived from Ukraine and were welcomed in Mazara del Vallo by Graziella Calamusa , 37, Maltese dog breeder. It was the passion for four-legged friends that binded Julia and Graziella.

“As dog breeders we are members of a Facebook group that brings together colleagues from all over Europe – says Julia – and when the war broke out we asked everyone for help”. First of all, the need to find food for the dogs, then the request for hospitality. “From Mazara del Vallo I immediately activated to send two platforms of crunchy and absorbent mats – says Graziella Calamusa – then I gave my willingness to Julia to welcome her and her family”. “We were already a large family and now we find ourselves almost ten at home”, says Graziella happily. Elena, the two daughters and the grandson traveled almost 4,000 kilometers by bus and train. “In Odessa we spent weeks locked up between the house and the basement – says Mrs. Elena, a widow since last January – we only went out to go shopping”. They also brought 6 dogs to Mazara del Vallo, another 9 left them with their 82-year-old grandmother Tamara. “I want to return to Odessa as soon as possible – says Alex, the youngest of the four refugees – there I have my friends, my gym, my school”.

Today, Easter Sunday, Graziella prepared the feast’s lunch. “We want to return to our Ukraine as soon as possible.

We want to continue to live our life peacefully without any more war “. (ANSA).

Source: Ansa

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