Refugee (12) documents her journey from Ukraine as she arrives in Ireland this weekend

A 12-year-old refugee documents his experiences fleeing Ukraine to Ireland with his grandmother.

Eva and her grandmother Irina flee their home in Kharkiv, making their first stop in Hungary in hopes of starting a new life in Ireland, after their home is destroyed by Russian shelling.

Channel 4 News reporter Paraic O’Brien joined the two on the train to evacuate Ukraine, and Yeva told him she was writing about her experiences in a daily diary she called War 2022: Through the Eyes of a Child.

The broadcaster shared a snippet of Yeva reading her book in Russian.

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Four students at Mount Anville High School in Dublin, heard about Yeva and posted a video message to her on social media.

Mr O’Brien said he showed Yeva the video while on the evacuation train, and she “choked up”.

In the video, the third-year students say: “Hi Yeva, we are four sophomores at Mount Anville and we’ve heard about you coming to Ireland.

“Wishing you a safe journey with you and me.

“This is the support board Mount Anville did for you and Ukraine.

“We hope you and your grandmother have a safe trip and we’re excited for you to visit Ireland or even Mount Anville.”

One online fundraising was set up by Catherine O’Flanagan to help Yeva and her grandmother with their expenses when they arrived in Ireland.

Ms O’Flanagan said she has been in contact with Yeva and Irena and will send them home when they arrive.

Hoping to raise 5,000 euros for the refugees, she wrote: “My name is Catherine and I was very interested in this Channel 4 story about Yeva and her grandmother Irena so I contacted her. with them and is helping them get to Ireland.

“You can follow part of their journey on Channel 4 news and on Twitter using the hashtag #YevasDiary.

“They are hoping to land in Dublin at the weekend and will be staying with me and my husband for the next few months. Their house in Kharkiv was bombed and the area is surrounded by Russian troops. They have very little property and penniless.

“They don’t know if they will ever be able to go home and get some Social Welfare support, but they will need more money to cover their accommodation and longer-term living costs. Anything they don’t need will be donated to the Irish Red Cross and their appeal to Ukraine.”

More than two million people have now fled the war in Ukraine, with Justice Minister Helen McEntee saying today that “just over 2,500” Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland. Refugee (12) documents her journey from Ukraine as she arrives in Ireland this weekend

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