11-Year-Old Ukranian Boy Travels 1,000 Km Alone With Only A Passport And A Phone Number On His Hand

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An 11-year-old Ukranian boy has been hailed a hero for crossing the Slovakian border alone which is roughly a 1,000-kilometer (600 miles) journey.

He travelled all by himself carrying only a plastic bag, a passport and a phone number scribbled on his hand, according to the Slovak interior ministry.

“He conquered everyone with his smile, fearlessness and determination of a real hero,” said an official from the ministry.

Volunteers he came across with during the perilous trek gave the boy, identified only as Little Hassan, water and food as he prepared for his next journey.

Hassan’s mother, Yulia Pisetskaya, put him on a Slovakia-bound train in Zaporizhzhia with a phone number on his hand so he can contact his relatives in Slovakian capital, Bratislava.

When she learned on the news that her son had safely arrived in Slovakia, the mother thanked everyone who helped the boy complete his journey.

“I am a widow and I have more children. I want to thank the Slovak customs and volunteers who took care of my son and helped him cross the border. I am grateful you have saved my child’s life. Next to my town is a nuclear power plant that the Russians are shooting at. I couldn’t leave my mother – she can’t move on her own,” said Yulia in a video she uploaded on Facebook.

A Slovakian Interior ministry official also posted a heartwarming message to the boy and his countrymen; assuring them that Little Hassan will be taken cared of.

“I am really very sorry for him and all the other children and their families who have to flee their country because of what is happening in Ukraine. Together with his siblings, he already asked for temporary protection,” said the official’s Facebook post.

“I assure all those who flee from Ukraine before the war conflict, that here in Slovakia we are ready to help. You will find security with us and if you ask for temporary protection, you will be provided with health care, social security, food, accommodation, education and job opportunities,” it added.

The ministry also assured that while the family asked for temporary protection, this does not mean they could travel to other EU countries.

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