From her front room in Wicker Park, Jackie Birov has put her life on maintain to assist Ukrainians.
“There was a corporation that requested me to come back, who wanted individuals with language abilities to assist coordinate their evacuations, so it’s like, how do you say no to that,” mentioned Birov.
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With a background in actual property, whereas additionally pursuing a profession in tech, Birov started volunteering regionally to assist Ukrainians since she speaks Russian. Then, when she helped her aunt and uncle escape Kyiv, she realized she may do extra.
“The extra concerned you get, the extra you hear what is required as a result of it adjustments everyday, week to week,” Birov mentioned.
Birov grew up within the suburbs, however her mother and father and sister have been born in Kyiv.
She volunteered with a corporation this month that evacuated over 100 Ukrainians and she or he took provides on to stranded Ukrainians in Russian occupied villages.
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“We went in some villages, home to deal with particularly. How previous is your child? What measurement pampers do you want? Or somebody would say, ‘there’s an aged lady a disabled particular person in that dwelling,’ so it was like that,” Birov mentioned. “There’s such an awesome quantity of grief and trauma that I didn’t actually really feel. I virtually felt like a robotic. I felt like that is my mission, I’ve obtained to get this achieved.”
She purchased provides and physique armor with donations, and when she goes again subsequent month, she is going to take extra. She can be making an attempt to purchase an ambulance for medics whose rig was destroyed.
“It nonetheless at all times feels such as you’re not doing sufficient as a result of, on the identical time one particular person is thanking you, one other lady is asking you from there saying, ‘I’m right here with my three children. Assist me get out of right here,’” Birov mentioned.
For extra data on her efforts, go to https://www.defenseforukraine.com/.
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