Dima who fled Ukraine the day before the war broke out
We have been lucky enough to get Dima into an internship at Wera. He is here twice a week and has proven to be a good resource. In Ukraine, Dima worked in an advertising agency and specializes in marketing and advertising. Dima left Ukraine one day before the war broke out. If he had waited, he would have had to fight and carry weapons. He was smart and he was lucky.
- I had been thinking about it for a while. There is a lot of corruption and times are unstable in Ukraine. I have an education and a job and I had faith that I could make it somewhere else in the world. I first thought about Australia, but decided that I would go for either Ireland or Norway. It was Norway.
Before the war, Dima made sure he always had a full tank of gas in the car and food for several days ahead - just in case something happened. And then the day came when he had to go shopping.
- Suddenly I got a phone call from a friend in Belarus. He knew that I was planning to leave sooner or later and advised me to go. "If you are going to go, you must go today, tomorrow the war will break out," he said. It was the morning of February 23.
- I packed six bottles of wine, some food and clothes. I left the same evening and drove to a friend's house across the border. I knew the war was coming, but still - it's not easy when you suddenly have to decide. He bought insurance for 12 months and drove across the border to Belarus.
Dima now lives in Skien and enjoys her internship with Wera.
- "It's a miracle. I've been so well received and people are friendly. I'm a guest in this country, and I have to be humble. I know that it's not me privately who gets money, but the municipality that makes an investment in me so that I can contribute. And there's nothing else I'd rather do," says Dima.
For Wera, having Dima here is a win-win. Dima is knowledgeable and shows that he wants to contribute. He is a resource for both Wera and his Ukrainian and Russian acquaintances.
We wish Dima a warm welcome to Wera!