Among all of the news coming from Ukraine, this one is the most unbelievable and heartbreaking. It’s about Hasan, he’s 11, and he had to flee on his own. He had nothing but a backpack, a passport, and a phone number written on his hand. His mother, Julia Pisecka Volodymyrivna, couldn’t leave with him because her mother was too old to travel.
Hasan traveled alone towards Slovakia – the distance he covered was more than 750 miles. The brave boy safely reached Slovakia, where officials saw the number on his hand and helped him instantly.
After traveling on his own for so long, the boy finally received care and help – he was given food and water. The officials contacted his family in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and had them take him.
Julia recorded an emotional video talking about her son and thanking Slovakia. According to The Sun, Julia said:
“I am a widow and I have more children.”
“I want to thank the Slovak customs and volunteers who took care of my son and helped him cross the border.”
“I am grateful you have saved my child’s life. Next to my town is a nuclear power plant that the Russians are shooting at.”
“I couldn’t leave my mother, she can’t move on her own.”
“People with a big heart live in your small country.”
The Interior Ministry of Slovakia also spoke about the brave boy:
“The whole world has been touched by the story of this 11-year-old boy.
“Many took care of the boy, including police, soldiers, customs officers, volunteers, and various religious or civilian organizations.
“The boy was provided with transport to Bratislava to see his family.”
“He is the biggest hero. With one plastic bag, a passport and a telephone number written on his hand, he came all alone because his mum had to stay.
“He won over all the volunteers at the border.”
“Thanks to the number on his hand and a piece of paper in his waist, he managed to contact his loved ones, who later came for him.”
“The whole story ended well.”
The Sun also reported that Hasan’s siblings have successfully reached Slovakia. Eduard Filo, of the Association of Christian Youth Communities, spoke on working towards getting Julia and her mother to Slovakia:
“We’re looking for ways to get his mum and his disabled grandmother to safety. Hasan and his siblings are safe in Slovakia.”