Not a Clue What To Do


Since the war broke out in Ukraine this year many of its civilians have had to flee their beloved land in search of a safe place away from the bombs and the destruction. To date, about 3.5 million people have left Ukraine in search of refuge and safety elsewhere in the world. Their past as they knew it, has gone forever in the blink of an eye and now they must look towards their uncertain future knowing that nothing will ever be the same again and the Ukraine that they know so well is now but a memory. Many of these families have questioned what to do next, and now find themselves far from home in lands that have accepted them as refugees with open arms and open homes. For many the struggle of adapting to a new land with different languages and cultures while the war at home rages on.  In this article we will be taking a glimpse into one family’s new and often tragic reality and asking what is the future for these displaced millions?


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Liudmyla Abdo had to flee the war in Ukraine but it turns out she is no stranger to war or displacement. In fact,  in her lifetime she has fled two wars. In 2016 she had to leave her home in Damascus, Syria where she had previously lived with her Palestinian husband for 25 years of her life. In Damascus they had also raised two sons together. They then decided to move from Damascus to Kyiv for a chance of a better life. Since the war broke out this year in Ukraine, Liudmyla Abdo who is now age 67, was forced to leave the place she used to call home. With fear of no return they pcked what little they could and made the journey out of harms way in any way they could. She fled on March 1, 2022, this time by herself as her husband had died shortly after arriving in Ukraine. Again Liumyla must start again and the future for her is uncertain.


She left Ukraine during the night. Carrying nothing nothing but the clothes on her back she knew that a suitcase or any objects would weigh her down so she left with nothing. No mementos or family photos or items from her past, just very real memories from life how it used to be and again the throught of a future away from what is familiar.


Her son Nidal helped her make arrangements to help her get out of a war zone. He said that it was very difficult to communicate with his mother at times as she had little to no knowledge of telephones, she also had no internet. The struggles of many fleeing this war torn land are very similar and they share the common thread of hopelessness and loss on so many levels.  For loved ones they must do their best to help thos that are dearest to them.


Nidal jokes that being Syrian, Ukrainian and Palestinien is “the worst mix ever” according to him. Even though Nidal’s mother may have left her home, she still keeps Ukraine in her thoughts. As should we all.