With the conflict in Ukraine still raging, each of the 110 Jewish refugees who made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) from the war-torn country yesterday aboard the latest Fellowship Freedom Flight have their own stories to tell. This story told to Yediot Achronot’s Anav Silverman is especially emotional – of a widower and his young family escaping the chaos and loss for a new life in the Holy Land:
With one week to go before Passover, 110 new Ukrainian immigrants landed in Israel on Tuesday morning.
The majority of newcomers are refugees who fled the fighting zones in the eastern part of the Ukraine, including the husband of a woman killed by a direct rock hit that slammed into their house in early February.
Launched by pro-Russian separatists at the city of Donetsk, a rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, the rocket killed Irina Shelkayeba, a teacher, as she was cooking supper. More than 6,000 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine during the conflict.
Irina’s home was completely destroyed and the family was left with no property. Her niece, Liora Nissim who lives in Israel, assisted Irina’s family with the decision to make aliyah to the Jewish state and met Irina’s husband and family members in an emotional reunion at Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday…
Liora said that she that heard that the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) were organizing refugee flights and immediately contacted the organization.
“The IFCJ representative contacted my broken family that fled under heavy shelling to the city of Dnieper and a month and a half afterwards they were on their way to Israel.”