Ukrainian man walks 620 miles to safety with phone number in hand: NPR


A Ukrainian boy named Hassan, 11, smiles after being met across the border in Slovakia.

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Ukrainian man walks 620 miles to safety with phone number in hand: NPR

A Ukrainian boy named Hassan, 11, smiles after being met across the border in Slovakia.

Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic

An 11-year-old Ukrainian boy named Hassan was welcomed as a hero in Slovakia this week when he crossed the border after traveling 1,000 kilometers (about 620 miles) alone, fleeing war with Russia. His mother had sent him to safety, unable to get out on her own.

“The boy came by himself with a plastic bag, a passport and a phone number written on his hand,” the Slovakian Embassy in the UK said in a Facebook post about Hassan’s trip. Officials praised him for “his smile, his fearlessness and his determination of a true hero”.

Interior Minister Roman Mikulec said Hassan and his siblings had requested temporary protection, posting footage showing him meeting the boy and other children at a table with snacks and sodas .

“I am very grateful that they saved my child’s life,” the boy’s mother, Yulia Pisetskaya, said in a video posted on Facebook and translated by the embassy. She thanked the customs officers and volunteers who looked after her son and ensured that he crossed the border safely.

“In your small country, there are people with big hearts,” she said.

Pisetskaya, who is a widow, said her town was next to a nuclear power plant which Russian forces attacked. She reportedly put her son on a train in southeastern Ukraine, where Russian troops recently attacked the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Ukrainian man walks 620 miles to safety with phone number in hand: NPR

A phone number has been written on Hassan’s hand to help him reach his loved ones.

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Ukrainian man walks 620 miles to safety with phone number in hand: NPR

A phone number has been written on Hassan’s hand to help him reach his loved ones.

Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic

“I couldn’t leave my mum – she can’t move on her own,” she added.

Just before ending the video, Pisetskaya cried with her hand on her heart.

Thanks to the number on his hand, the Interior Ministry says it was able to contact Hassan’s relatives who came to pick him up after his arrival.

This story originally appeared on the morning edition live blog.


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