»Somewhere around 5 a.m. the phone calls and messages started. I couldn’t understand why there were so many messages. And when I woke up, I read the messages. Kyiv was bombed, Odesa was bombed.«
Olga lived with her husband and son, but she didn’t think of leaving her hometown immediately. On February 26th, the first bus was sent to Warsaw from Mariupol by the Polish NGO HumanDoc. She could have gone on that bus, but she didn’t. Even today, she is not sure why. But she knows now that it was the wrong decision.
»Then came three weeks that changed my life«.
On March 1st, a bomb fell in her yard. She realized they had to leave, but by then, it was too late.
Olga stayed in Mariupol for another two weeks, until March 15.
»We ate, we slept, I cried for a week, I was all swollen, I didn’t look like myself. Those three weeks, where we lived in Mariupol during the war, changed my life.«
Finally, on March 15, Olga and her son left Mariupol on a bus heading to Warsaw. Her husband was not allowed to cross the border, and Olga’s father was left wounded in Mariupol, but she and her son had to go.
»I opened the closet and realized that I had to pack all my life into a single suitcase. I opened my closet and just cried.«