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After a long and stressful journey from Ukraine, the Rotar family has finally reunited and is safe in Australia | District News


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After weeks of stress, travel and a quarantine zone, the Rotar family is on site in Griffith and is now beginning the process of looking at what awaits them in the future. Olga Rotar and her husband Vadim worked hard, brought their large family to Australia from Ukraine, worked on visas and immigration lawyers, but their hard work paid off with the fact that the family came in March. Victoria, Valentina and Irina Rotar were in Mykolaiv when Russia invaded Ukraine and began bombing, and weeks passed before they were able to leave as public transport stopped and no one wanted to drive through the combat zones. Victoria was particularly struggling with depression and despair as the family worked to bring them out, she was confident there was no way out of the country they came from. “I approached everyone I know in Ukraine and asked if they knew anyone who had traveled to the border and that we would pay any money they wanted,” Mr Rotar explained. “Someone said they know a guy who was crazy enough to do it.” The journey itself was difficult, redirected several times due to shelling or active combat zones, but eventually they crossed the Polish border and to some extent security. From there, Rotary contacted an immigration attorney who helped them obtain guest visas and send them to Australia. Although happy to be safe, Victoria said she now faces the guilt of survivors when she leaves the war zone and others remain – the family is still in contact with others in the country . Irina’s classmates and friends parted ways, some going to Italy, Poland or France, but many of Victoria and Valentina’s friends stayed in Ukraine. “They came to us, so they knew we would support them, but other people abroad don’t.” “They’re just scared … they can get away, but it’s hard. Sometimes the fear of the unknown is greater than the fear of bombs.” They sought counseling after the traumatic experience, but it’s not as easy as it seems. “Now they have so much new in life, so one more thing, it could be too much,” Mr. Rotor said. “You want to express yourself and share your feelings, and then you have to wait until they interpret it, it’s very slow for them to go through this process, and it’s also awkward,” Victoria explained. Mr. Rotor is looking for Ukrainian-speaking consultants. But now that the family is here, they are looking to the future. Irina is now enrolled in Murambiji Regional High School and classes will soon begin, and both Victoria and Valentina are now taking English lessons. The family was delighted with the generosity and kindness of friends and neighbors, donating clothes, materials and money to help them get “I don’t know how to even express how grateful we are to the Griffith community, individuals, businesses, churches who donated , and to all who have sacrificed their love and heart, “said Rotor. Irina has even now learned to ride a bike from an anonymous donor. They are grateful for the help that will help Valentina, Victoria and Irina feed themselves for months. however, they have admitted some guilt or shame in accepting the charity and hope to pay it back in time.Although the guest visa will be valid for several months and they will not be able to work during it, Rotary plans to apply for a long-term visa as soon as they can, and hope to stay in Australia to ‘give’ to the community and build a new life. ”After the war there will be reparations, but recovery will still take w mat years. All the buildings have been blown up, they will have to be restored, and it will take ten years. ” “It’s easier to build a new life here than to rebuild the past,” Mr. Rotor said. He added confidence that in just a few months they will fall in love with Australia, like him and Olga. READ MORE About Australia was something to get used to, but the reception was mostly positive. Valentina said that a particularly pleasant change – the sun’s heat. The trio tried some iconic Australian dishes such as Tim Tams, lamintons and classic Bannings sausages, and was receptive to most. However, Vegemite remains off the table – of course. Although living in a home of seven people faced a large share of the challenges, Mr Rotor said it also helped him see Australia with new eyes, which was highlighted when the newcomers first encountered the kangaroo. “We’ve never lived together before, so to start living together, we have a different lifestyle and habits,” Ms. Rotary said. “It’s the third week, so we’ve adapted. It will be easier if we find a place where they can stay so we don’t have seven people in the house.” Although there is still a long way to go before they truly call Australia their home, the Rotar family is still safe, united and looking to the future, which is illuminated by the southern sun. Our journalists make every effort to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:


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