This is how war and a long wait for a British visa can harm a child fleeing Ukraine.
The first picture was taken before Russia invaded and the second after five-year-old Miraslava fell ill in a Polish refugee camp while awaiting permission to go to Britain.
Her mother said her five-year-old daughter was so stressed that she started having seizures and worried she might have PTSD. A long wait for a UK visa may harm a Ukrainian child fleeing for his life, it has been claimed.
Mirislava’s mother said her five-year-old daughter was so stressed that she started having seizures and feared she was suffering from PTSD.
Refugee children who have fled Ukraine are suffering from mental health problems and illnesses as they are forced to wait weeks for their British visas to arrive, families claim.
Humanitarian charity The Red Cross is calling on the UK government to temporarily halt “the need for visas for those fleeing Ukraine”, as other countries have done, and to implement security checks on arrival.
Mira is still waiting to collect her travel authorization letter from the Ministry of the Interior.
Retired therapist from Kent Chris Kent, 67, sponsors the little girl pictured, her mother Anastasia, 28, and her other child Danil, two, and her grandma Yelzaveta, 51, through the Homes for Ukraine program of the Government.
They reapplied on March 22 and finally received their visas last week, but have yet to collect their travel permits.
They are concerned by claims that 29 refugees who showed up at the British embassy in Warsaw were turned away without papers despite being emailed that they were ready.
Chris said: “I was scared and thought this family might die waiting.
“To see Anastassia during a video conference, sitting on a bed in tears in despair and seeing her daughter Mira so ill is something you never want to see.
“I know people have died in these camps, this delay is costing lives.”
Ananstasia said: “I went to the hospital with Mira on Saturday because I was so worried, but I think my children will recover when we leave this place.”
Jonny Hoare and his wife, who live at the Lincolnshire stately home at Rauceby Hall, have already welcomed family into their Lincolnshire stately home, but they are now trying to help mother-of-four Alena.
She said: “We were able to escape on March 7 and then had a very arduous journey through Poland to the Netherlands, which lasted more than a week.
“But it’s now six weeks since I applied (in the UK). We all had them except mine.
“This delay definitely makes everything more difficult. Children need to adapt and adapt again.
“My oldest daughter says, ‘Mom, I want to go to school, I want to make friends, but I don’t want to make any commitments here because I know we’re going.
“It’s excruciating and so painful to hear that from a teenager.”
Mum Gina Booth, 46, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, said it had been a “nightmare” bringing her host family to the UK.
Eight-year-old Yehor’s travel permit three weeks ago, but mother, Evgeniia and his sister Mariia, 18, are still waiting as they live together in a one-room hostel.
Gina said: “You’re going through traumatic stress right now.
“The son was very upset and they need to calm down. They text me constantly throughout the day and every day. You put my life in my hands.
Levgeniia told The Mirror: “Since March 18 we have been waiting for a visa for almost 50 days.
During this time we had to move. From Ukraine we went to Romania, then volunteers took us through Hungary and Austria to Germany and then to France.
“It’s a big burden for the kid. I’m afraid he will need rehab and work with a psychologist.
Hayley Timson, 47, from Southwater West in Sussex, and partner Heather, 48, offered their home to mother Kateryna, 36, baby Denys, Anastasiia, 11, and grandma Hanna, 59, weeks ago but the family are still waiting in Poland.
“It’s shameful and a disgrace.” said Hayley.
“This baby was born six weeks ago and has not yet been examined by a hospital.
“This new mum has just been told she now requires biometric testing, which means she has to travel three times for four hours. with her two children. It puts everyone, especially the children, under unbearable stress.”
Alex Fraser, Director of Refugee Assistance and Family Restoration at the Red Cross, said: “The whole process is taking far too long.
“We are seeing an increasing number of calls to our support hotline from Ukrainians struggling to get money and housing and British families desperate to help but are being prevented from doing so by the system.”
A government spokesman said “Britain is at the forefront of supporting those fleeing Ukraine due to Putin’s unprovoked aggression” and said they would support the people “as soon as possible”.
They added: “In response to Putin’s barbaric invasion, we launched one of the fastest and largest visa programs in UK history.
“In just six weeks, nearly 72,000 visas have been issued to allow Ukrainians to live and work in the UK.
“The changes the Interior Ministry has made to streamline the visa system, including simplifying forms and increasing staff numbers, are working and we are now processing visas as fast as they come – allowing thousands more Ukrainians to come via our uncapped routes.” be able.”
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