The family members of Odisha students who are stuck in war-hit Ukraine are having restless days and sleepless nights. While the students are struggling in a foreign land, parents back home are anxious about their safety. They have appealed to the Union and State governments to safely bring them back.
Most of the parents are frequently contacting their children over the phone to know the well-being of the students who had been studying in different medical universities in Ukraine.
Yajnyash Dash, a student from Puri, had gone to Ukraine a couple of years back to get an MBBS degree. As soon as Yajnyash’s mother heard the news of Russia's attack on Ukraine and the closure of the India-Ukraine air service, tears swelled up in her eyes.
Yajnyash’s helpless father said that they have requested the government of India and the State government to bring her son back to his homeland safely.
Similar is the case of medical student Chandrika Mishra from Puri and Rashmi Ranjan Swain from Bhadrak.
“We are praying to Lord Jagannath for her safety. With the Lord’s blessings, she along with her friends have left Kharkiv and taken shelter at a school that is situated 40 km away from the city. They are going through a harrowing time without proper food and drinking water,” said Chandrika’s father Madhab Mishra.
“Chandrika and her friends were not allowed to travel by train. They were forced to walk 20 km and take shelter in a school in order to save their lives. We are hopeful that she will be able to reach home soon with the help of the Indian embassy,” said Mishra.
“All my dreams have been shattered. Now I only pray for my daughter’s safety. I wish that she could reach home safely,” said the medical student's mother Soubhagyalaxmi.
Satyashri Mohapatra from Puri and Dinesh Sahu from Sambalpur, who had been studying in Ukraine, are also going through various kinds of ordeals in the war-ravaged country.
However, their family members are now having a ray of hope for their safe return to the country. The two along with others have reportedly reached Poland border and are staying in a shelter. They are likely to arrive in India today in a special Air India flight.
Similarly, Odia students Jyotidipa Mohapatra, Vivekananda Patra and Akash have reportedly reached the Hungary border and they are likely to return to India soon.