Racheal Diyaolu on his return home from Ukraine: ‘I haven’t fully processed the fact that I am in a war zone’


Student Carlow Racheal Diyaolu said that while she was relieved to be home, she still hasn’t fully processed everything she went through when she ran away. Ukraine.

The 19-year-old was flown down to Dublin airport on Thursday night and was reunited with her family.

“The first day I was still a bit dazed and confused as I was a bit shocked back home but now I am really happy to be spending time with friends and family,” she told

“I haven’t fully dealt with it yet like the fact that I’m already in a war zone, I think it’s still going to take a while but I’m in good spirits, because So I think that’s all that really matters.

“It’s crazy to think that this time last week I was trying to get out and now I’m back home.”

The medical student was rescued on Monday, along with her Nigerian friends Roycee Iloielunachi and Anolajuwon Solarin, by two Scottish gardeners, who carried them out of the city.

The students had been trapped in the university city of Sumy since the invasion began 16 days ago.

Joe McCarthy (55) and Gary Taylor (45), who run the Ready2Rock landscape in Falkirk, volunteered to take students out of Sumy and have posted the updated video on their TikTok page.

Along with rescuing Mrs. Diyaolu and her two friends, Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Taylor rescued a mother, son and an elderly couple.

Christiana, Diyaolu’s older sister, started GoFundMe to raise funds while her sister was stuck in Ukraine and she has raised a total of €4,600.

The couple decided to split half of the money between rescuers Joe and Gary while they were still in Ukraine to try to help others. The remainder will be split between two charities.

“We’ve decided to give half of that to Joe and Gary and the other half will be split equally between two charities, Unicef ​​Ireland and the Irish Red Cross,” she said.

“They (Joe and Gary) are definitely aiming to rescue as many people as possible because as soon as they drop us off, they start their next mission. They are very determined to help as many people as possible.

“They will try and stay there for as long as possible until their money is basically exhausted.”

Ms Diyaolu said it was “the greatest joy” to know that she will be able to continue her education in Ireland.

“It is the greatest relief that I will not have to go to another European country to try to figure out how to continue my education. Knowing that I can stay here and be close to my family is definitely a relief,” she said.

“I don’t have a lot of information myself, but I think in the coming days and weeks we will be given more information on how we can continue our education.”

Ms. Diyaolu said her two Nigerian friends, Roycee and Anolajuwon, are safe with their loved ones in Europe.

She said it would be “happy with joy” if they didn’t continue studying together.

“They will all be scattered across the globe and are trying to continue their studies, which is really bittersweet knowing that I won’t be able to continue with the group I already have because we have formed a really good relationship, so we’ll definitely stay in contact, but it wouldn’t be the same knowing we wouldn’t do drugs together,” she said.

Ms Diyaolu said she was looking forward to enjoying some of Ireland’s favorite meals when she got home.

“I think there is only so much Irish food, I remember you definitely know a good Chinese dish and a full Irish breakfast. Even just going around my town because I haven’t been home in such a long time I look forward to seeing the familiar sights,” she said. Racheal Diyaolu on his return home from Ukraine: ‘I haven’t fully processed the fact that I am in a war zone’

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