Europe’s way station in western Ukraine


UZHGOROD, Ukraine – For a year and a half, a 15-square meter room in western Ukraine has been home for Said Mustafa Marufi, his mother and six siblings. It may be their home for years to come.

The Latoritsa temporary shelter in Mukachevo is the family’s latest stop in a homeless refugee journey that forced them to flee Afghanistan, with stops in Pakistan and Russia, before ending up in Ukraine.

“We fled Afghanistan during Taliban times and went to Pakistan,” Marufi sayd. Only 14 years old, he is now the head of the family after his father died in circumstances that they prefer not to discuss…

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