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– I hope my husband can come to Norway for treatment

– I hope my husband can come to Norway for treatment

In Sarpsborg, Ukrainian Yanina Rodyk is trying to start a new life with two children.

The eldest daughter is severely handicapped.

The husband is in a hospital in Kyiv.

In Sarpsborg, Ukrainian Yanina Rodyk is trying to start a new life with two children. The eldest daughter is severely handicapped. The husband is in a hospital in Kyiv.

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Sofiia Mahaldadze is 14 years old but is sitting in a pram with a high back. She sees and hears poorly, can not speak. She has a congenital disability. In March, she fled the war in Ukraine with her mother Yanina Rodyk and little sister Nika, eight.

– I could not have come to a better country than Norway, says Yanina Rodyk (41).

But in Sarpsborg, surrounded by peaceful gardens and fields, the thoughts often go to a Ukrainian officer who is injured in a hospital in Kyiv: her husband and the children’s father Symon Mahaldadze.

– Symon asked us to travel safely from Kharkiv. It was difficult to escape, not least with a disabled child on a train, bus and plane. But I tried to keep my spirits up. Pretend we were on vacation. I told the kids we were going to enjoy a nice hotel and have a good breakfast. We did not watch the news.

– For me, it was not until Sunday that the war became real. When, as usual, I called my husband on video chat, I saw to my horror that he was lying in a hospital bed.

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