‘Everyone deserves a second chance’, Las Vegas woman travels to Poland to help refugees, helps Ukrainian in hopes of moving to US


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas woman who traveled to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees hopes to help a woman from kyiv as she hopes to move and start over in the United States.

“You can’t believe this is happening in our time,” Ukrainian refugee Victoria Diachenko said of the war. “And on our planet somewhere.”

A month after being forced out of her home, Diachenko told 8 News Now all her experiences.

She and her mother left everything behind in Kyiv, still remembering what they miss in their home while adjusting to life as refugees in Krakow, Poland.

“We want to go somewhere else,” Diachenko explained. “But we have nowhere to go.”

She said she and her mother left Kyiv by train when the shelling began in late February, then stopped in the city of Lviv while mostly hiding underground.

Victoria said they were then forced to cross the Polish border, through Warsaw and from Krakow.
They are among four million people now seeking permanent housing, so Las Vegan Kathy Healy has traveled the world to help people like Victoria find shelter, clothing and food.

“Everyone told me you had to go to Krakow to help out,” Healy said of his trip.

Kathy Healy, a Las Vegan who traveled to Poland to help refugees (KLAS)

Healy said she and Victoria met at a restaurant when Victoria noticed she was from America and asked her for help.

“Victoria walked over to my table, she was in the same restaurant as her mother,” Healy recalled. “And she said to me, can you help?”

What Victoria wants more than anything is to live and work in the United States, but she runs into logistical obstacles. She and Kathy are hoping someone in our community might have the right connections.

“Everyone deserves a second chance,” Healy said. “Or an opportunity.”

This way, Victoria can forge her path and start over after a journey few could ever imagine.
“We don’t know what will happen to any of us or when,” Victoria concluded, referring to herself and the other refugees.

Healy told 8 News Now she plans to stay in Prague and Poland to help refugees for another four weeks.

Victoria has a friend in the United States who is paying for a hotel room for her and her mother, but she will have to find a new place to stay after April 4.


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