Lowell’s father fears for the safety of his 2 children in Ukraine – CBS Boston

LOWELL (CBS) — A Lowell father watches the war in Ukraine with fear and hopes his two children will be safe in a nation under attack.

Her son and daughter live with their mother in an area of ​​Ukraine that has seen daily fighting.

It’s a perilous situation that gives her a haunting appreciation for what her parents went through years ago.

“Their world is being torn apart,” Sam Hy told WBZ-TV of his 7-year-old daughter, Milana, and 5-year-old son, Maksim.

He struggles to know that they shuttle between basements near Kharkiv where his Ukrainian ex-wife recorded video of the Russian shelling on Tuesday morning.

“They don’t deserve this. Very fragile and then I feel helpless,” Hy said.

Her children were born in the United States, but moved to Ukraine with their mother four years ago.

“I pray that they are well. So far they are doing well,” he said.

Sam Hy has a unique perspective on this ordeal with his children. His parents fled the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. Sam was born in a refugee camp.

“And that just makes me wonder, haven’t we learned anything as humans?” Where is humanity? Where is the love? Where is the sympathy? he asks.

He was able to video chat with his children last Friday when they had only a vague idea of ​​the events changing their lives.

“Just smiling or giving a thumbs up or just eating a cupcake. They have no idea what’s going on outside the walls,” Hy told WBZ.

US sanctions against Russia, he says, are not enough and he urges the free world to get tough with Vladimir Putin. But as the Russians move on, he now understands the fear his parents must have felt fleeing Cambodia more than four decades ago.

“It just seems like madness, total madness, what’s going on,” Hy said.


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