“You know that feeling when it hurts? I once fell in love with a boy, but he did not fall in love with me, and I thought it hurts. But it turned out that it hurts to see your mother die in front of you”
16-year-old Katia got out of Mariupol with her 5-year-old brother, bypassing heaps of corpses. Her mother died without waiting for the evacuation and she even couldn’t bury her. Katia’s world will never be the same. She shared her story with volunteer Vira Khvust, and Daria Kaleniuk translated it into English. Read the part of the girl’s story in the first person:
You know that feeling when it hurts? I once fell in love with a boy, but he didn’t fall in love with me, and I thought it hurt. But it turned out that it hurts to see your mother die in front of you. My brother keeps coming up to mom, saying, “Mommy, don’t sleep, you will freeze”.
We will never visit her grave. She has remained in the damp and dark basement.
We went to the toilet, slept, and ate leftovers in the same basement. Once uncle Kolia caught a pigeon, and we fried it and ate it. And then we all vomited.
Mom held on to the last, 3 days before our evacuation, she died.
I told my brother that she was asleep and should not be awakened. But he seems to have understood it all. Our neighbor died, and we could not carry her outside, and she began to smell.
… corpses stink so much. They were everywhere. I covered my brother’s eyes with my mother’s scarf so that he would not see this. While we were running, I nearly vomited several times.
It’s also scary when children cry. You can’t be heard. These freaks searched for people in basements and killed them. Those who survived said that the Russian military were able to rape children and the elderly, and even corpses.
If there is a God, why does He allow this? I don’t want to live anymore. We’ll probably be separated now. And I might not see my brother. What for? Why was this Putin saving us? We lived well, we even bought a car. Uncle Kolya promised to teach me how to drive. They even burned the car. And the apartment is gone. I want to die, but I can’t.