The Alieva family are originally from Gorlivka in Donetsk region where they enjoyed a quiet life – mother Svetalana, 9 year-old son Konstantin and 5 year-old daughter Natasha. When the fighting escalated they were forced to run for their lives, leaving everything behind including their two flats. They originally found shelter in Sloviansk and then relocated to Odessa.
The daughter Natasha is severely disabled and suffers from congenital microcephaly (abnormal smallness of the head associated with incomplete brain development) with cystic degeneration of the brain and periodic dystonic attacks. This condition has left Natasha confined to a wheelchair, blind and bereft of the power to speak. She suffers constantly from pain and headaches.
On arrival in Odessa the family rented a flat through estate agents and Svetlana found work as a street cleaner in order to earn money to help pay for medicine, nappies and food. However when the landlord found out that Natasha was disabled the family was thrown out on the street. They were sheltering in the railway station when Oleg Dryuma and his team from the Rights of the Disabled European Association found them and helped them locate a room in which to live.
Their situation is desperate and they urgently need help with the following:
- A lightweight wheelchair for summer as the current one is bulky and difficult to manage.