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Alabama is home to children and a translator escaping Ukraine violence

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BIRMINGHAM - AL -  There are many families right here in Central Alabama with connections to the crisis in the Ukraine.  We spoke with a Birmingham family that's growing.  They've adopted several children from the Ukraine - from an orphanage right in the heart of the violence.   This week, their home has become a safe place for the translators who evacuated.  

"I didn't believe at first it was shot down," Anton Marchanko, a translator who left the Ukraine said. "It was something you cannot imagine why people would do it - even accidentally."

The news of the plane going down in Ukraine was heart breaking to the Davie family. In fact, their Shelby County home, sounds a lot like the Ukraine.

"My husband and I did not originally set out to adopt, but something happens when you meet a child who has been orphaned," Suzette Davie, Founder and President, "Grace to Ukraine" said.

The Davie family not only adopted six Ukrainian orphans, but started a ministry called "Grace to Ukraine." They organize Bible camps, and provide resources for orphans. This Summer, they also brought those orphans to Alabama - staying with foster families. The orphanage has been shelled - leaving these young Ukrainians wondering if they even have a home to go back to.  

"Several of them have sat in my kitchen and watched the video of that and cried and not knowing where are we going back to?" Davie said. "Is our orphanage going to be there? The fighting there now just seems so senseless. With the kids here, we see how innocent people are effected by it."

Their translator is staying with them, too. In fact just five days ago, his wife and daughter, Sofie, had four hours to flee their apartment in Lugansk when the region was evacuated.

"Right now everybody is scared," Marchanko said. "Even my mom  learned how all those different weapons sound so she could tell me, this is this kind ofmissilee, this is that kind of weapon shooting."

The war postponed this year's camps. Instead, they're using the money to help evacuate and rescue those children.

"It's hard to think about this is the place we used to walk, and now tanks are going through the same streets," Marchanko said.

Here is a link to learn more about "Grace to Ukraine." 

http://www.gracetoukraine.net/

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