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For many years, Svetlana worked on a collective farm in a small village in the Chernigov region of Ukraine. This was very challenging because she was often in poor health but didn’t have time to take care of herself. For 15 years, the only thing that kept her going was her dream of retirement. She longed to spend time with her grandchildren and have a small farm of her own. In Svetlana’s words, “Life is so unpredictable.”
When she was finally able to retire, Svetlana’s health worsened and she needed help with even the simplest household tasks. Her husband lovingly cared for her, but sadly, he died not long after Svetlana’s retirement. His death was too much for Svetlana to handle, and she suffered a stroke, which left her bedridden.
After the war broke out in eastern Ukraine, things only got worse for Svetlana ...
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