Baby Polina is safe now… thanks to Mail Force charity funds

Baby Polina is safe now… thanks to Mail Force charity funds

Baby Polina is safe now… thanks to you: Little girl and her mother Yulia have found sanctuary thanks to Mail readers whose generosity helped fund Unicef centre looking after them

  • After generosity from Mail reader, baby Polina and mother Yulia are safe
  • The pair have now found sanctuary across Ukraine’s border in Romania
  • They are now being looked after in a centre being run by Unicef for refugees 

Comforted by her mother, six-month-old Polina is safe at last after escaping the hell of war-torn Ukraine.

Over the past few days, what chaos and confusion have those bright blue eyes witnessed? Almost certainly scenes that no child should ever have to endure.

But mercifully the little girl and her mother Yulia have now found sanctuary – thanks to Daily Mail readers whose generosity helped fund the Unicef centre looking after them.

Over the past few days, what chaos and confusion have those bright blue eyes witnessed?

Their journey across the battle-ravaged country took them to Ukraine’s frontier with Romania. After crossing, they reached one of Unicef’s specialist Blue Dot centres.

These cater to children and women, especially the most vulnerable such as unaccompanied minors and children with disabilities.

Nicoleta Daneliuc, who helps run the Sighetu Marmatiei Blue Dot centre on the Romanian border, said: ‘There are all kinds of stories.

‘Unfortunately their relatives – fathers, brothers, husbands – were left behind in Ukraine… there is not much we can do except keep helping.’

Unicef, the United Nations’ children’s charity, has set up Blue Dot centres as child-friendly spaces

Unicef, the United Nations’ children’s charity, has set up Blue Dot centres as child-friendly spaces.

They offer blankets, warm clothes, sanitary kits, toys, hygiene products and baby food, and there are specialist psychologists to help youngsters and their mothers process the traumas they have been through.

While they have made it to safety, most if not all of the young mothers arriving at the centres have left husbands behind to an uncertain future.

The Mail Force charity has given £500,000 to Unicef to help its vital work

There will have been a desperate emotional farewell at a railway station or a bus depot, as menfolk kissed their loved ones goodbye – possibly the last time they will ever see them. All men aged 18 to 60 have been ordered to stay and fight Putin’s army.

Miss Daneliuc said: ‘All of the cases present here now are mothers with children, for whom we provide a warm resting area and a safe space. We want to thank all of those whose help gives SIM cards, food, water, soup, tea, coffee, everything. Without their help we could not manage.’

The Mail Force charity has given £500,000 to Unicef to help its vital work. Our readers have continued to swamp us with generous cheques and letters of support and compassion. 

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