The harrowing story of Kashmir student
In bunkers, Kashmiri students tell of a frightening ordeal in which they hid and basements before calling safeness.
On February 24, Bhat, a young medical student from Indian-administered Kashmir Srinagar, an Indian-administered Kashmir studying in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, woke to the sound of deafening; thuds.
Another loud explosion dazed his building, by the time he could gather his thoughts, sending Bhat, by his second name, who requested to be identified, on the scary voyage. In underground bomb shelters, he spent nights at metro stations, and under Russian attack, he undertook a dangerous trip through parts of Ukraine.
At the Kharkiv Institute of Medicine, the fourth-year medical student in Kashmir, in the relatively safe atmosphere of Ukraine, Biomedical Sciences escaped the last week’s decades-old conflict to study until everything changed within hours.
Bhat, a resident of the southern district of Anantnag, told Al Jazeera in a phone interview that we came here with a lot of dreams and hope, and we came here to be safe. In a shelter, he is now in the Polish border city of Rzeszow, facilitated; by the Indian embassy with hundreds of Indian students. In the next 24 hours, they are settled to be flown to India.
At his university, Bhat originally says that officials; kept assuring him and other students that the situation would be Calm. But in the trouble-racked Kharkiv region, after spending five days; in shelling, they were shaken; by the killing of an Indian student just 500 meters from his apartment.
Since Russia launched its military operation, more than 1.3 million people, including foreigners, have fled Ukraine on February 24.
According to the UNHCR agency, more than 200 civilians have been killed and 525 wounded. The UN refugee agency alerted that it could evolve the biggest refugee concern of this century.