Video: a new start in Froðba
Nine refugees from various parts of Ukraine arrived in Froðba, Suðuroy, on 11 March 2022.
Among them were Andry and Iryna Lys and their eight-year-old daughter Yustyna.
This was two weeks after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and their lives in the city of Lviv had been turned upside down.
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On 24 February 2022, Iryna was at home while Andry was at work.
Like many Ukrainians, they were torn between staying or leaving when they heard about the invasion.
All Ukrainian men aged 18-60 were immediately prohibited from leaving their country.
Andry is a lorry driver, and he just happened to be driving a lorry through Poland at the time.
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Iryna and her daughter decided to flee the country the following day, and two weeks later, the three of them they arrived in the Faroes.
“We have now lived here in Froðba for one year, and we are glad to be here,” says Andry.
But they think about their family and friends in Ukraine a lot.
“My sister in Ukraine had a son since I left. I try to help her by sending money. The situation in Ukraine is still bad, but the place where my parents live is a bit safer,” says Iryna.
”I call my parents every day to hear how they are doing. Many people have died, and I just really hope this war will end soon so we can return to our family and friends.”
When they arrived in March last year, they hoped they would be able to return home after a month or two.
“More than a year has passed now and nobody can tell when the war will end,” says Andry.
“Maybe we can return to Ukraine. But not as long as there is war. Giving my daughter a good life is what’s most important to me right now.”
So, what is it like to suddenly find yourself as a refugee in the Faroes and is this a good place for refugees?
This 37-minute video provides some answers to these questions. (The Ukrainians speak in English, but the narration is in Faroese)
Read the Faroese version of this article here.
More Faroese News in English.