Watch: Batla House student braves sub-zero temp for 12 hours in Ukraine, walks for 8 hours
Indian students stuck in Ukraine after the war raged with Russia declaring war on the country are sharing stories of suffering after reaching India to the safety of their house.
One such youth studying medicine in Ukraine, a Batla House resident, who reached Delhi two days ago told the OT that he with other colleagues, all Indian students, had to brave minus degree temperature for twelve hours at Poland border.
“Once inside Poland, we heaved a sigh relief as Indian Embassy provided all the help and then we flew to Delhi two days ago,” said Shabih Hussain, 22, who was studying medicine at Lviv national medical university.
The temperature was minus 6 degrees Celsius and it is difficult to stand in the open. But we had no other option but to be there to reach Poland and then to Delhi, he said.
Sharing his journey after the war started, he said we were lucky that Lviv was not so much at the centre of war.
“Anyhow on the very first day realising that situation might get worse we travelled to Poland border with 18 students, but once there we saw 18 kilometer long line and we were told that the entry to border has been closed. It was then that we rushed back to our room in Lviv with help for a local. We walked for eight hours in minus temperature. After coming to our room we helped our juniors to reach border and guided them,” he said.
Then after four days we again started our journey and we were successful despite facing some hardship on the border of Poland, said Hussain adding that many of my friends faced hardship as food but we were lucky.
Once in Delhi, Hussain’s family, including his father and mother, gave him a hug. Zakawat Hussain said initially we were worried and couldn’t sleep night watching news on television but we were hopeful that things will be better. “We were in touch our son and as the city in which he was living was not dragged into war were praying for all these days. And when my son returned, it was Eid like for the family,” he said.
When asked whether he is worried about his son’s degree, Zakawat said after the Indian government’s assurance that it will address the situation as reported by the media, things will be ok. His son was in fourth year.