A heartbreaking image showing a Ukrainian family’s contact details written on their child’s body has gone viral.
The image was posted on Instagram over the weekend by the child’s mother, Sasha Makoviy. It was later reposted on Twitter by Anastasiia Lapatina, journalist The kyiv Independent. The photo amassed over 23,000 likes on Instagram and over 244,000 likes on Twitter.
It also received thousands of comments on both platforms from disgruntled social media users, many of whom said they could not “imagine the terror” Ukrainian parents are enduring.
“[I] sign [my daughter] in case something happens to us,” Makoviy wrote in the caption of her post, according to Google Translate. “Then a crazy thought crossed [my] spirit – “Why didn’t I tattoo her with this information?” “
Before Russia launched its full-scale attack on Ukraine, Makoviy and her family lived in central kyiv, said Today. The family has since fled the city, but before leaving, Makoviy wrote the identifying information on her daughter’s back in permanent marker.
“I tried to imagine that if something happened between me and her father, there would be no information for her,” Makoviy said. Today. “Who would take care of her if she survived?” And I really want her to know who she is. So maybe someone could put her in touch with relatives.
Makoviy has also created a contact card for her daughter, who, according to Today, contained information about her daughter’s grandparents.
“I still can’t bring myself to [pull] this paper… from my overalls pocket,” she captioned her contact card post. “Although now we are where it is safe.
As mentioned earlier, the photo upset many commenters online.
“Really bring it home, I can only imagine the dread the parents are going through,” Denise wrote.
“Omg… there are no words. How’s it going in 2022?!” asked another commenter, also named Denise.
Irina.VanPatten.Author said: “I can’t look at this little girl’s back without horror. My granddaughter’s back is just like hers: small, skinny, innocent. writing her name on her back. I can’t imagine her being scared like that little girl. I’m so mad right now, I can’t breathe.
Jac K added: “And here I am with the privilege of knowing that my children are safe in their beds while they sleep, they will be safe at school tomorrow and they will always be able to walk safely to meet their friends. the next day. We don’t realize how lucky we are.”
Data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has revealed that more than 4 million of Ukraine’s 41.4 million people have fled the country since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. . This number represents about 10% of the pre-war Ukrainian population.
In an effort to help European countries struggling to help refugees, the Biden administration has pledged to resettle 100,000 Ukrainian refugees in the United States.
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