Failed emigration, 1991 – 1992

After a long journey, we arrived to the city Ostroleka, from where we received our invitations. My friend Grazhyna, a woman at the same age as us, at seeing me pregnant (it was 7 months already), felt uncomfortable and constrained. I deliberately hid my pregnancy from her when asking for invitations. I suspected she wouldn’t…

Second trial to get out, 1994 – 1995

Where else could we go to, except to the same place we received help at before? We were hoping for the second chance, relying on those who we called friends to support us again. We travelled straight to Rzeszow, to the same family where we stayed for a while, the family that helped us so…

Returning to Poland, 1996 – 1998

We came to one catholic parish, where they ran some shelter for the homeless. We were admitted and given a place in a small hall with two other families. They gave us warm food and some warm clothes, as well as some dry formula for Dani. It wasn’t the best place for small children, but…

Finally getting a home, 1998 – 2000

We decided to travel up north, to Mazury (I’m not sure why we chose that particular region). We arrived to Suwalki, and were wandering around until we found one charity organisation. They directed us to a certain parish, saying that they were helping immigrants. We went there and met the priest, who advised us to…

Finding ways to make a living, 2001 – 2004

In Goldap, I wanted to join the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and continue the Bible study. Yet, when they found out I didn’t have a legal status in Poland, they said I couldn’t get baptised as a Witness, and needed to regularise my stay to be able to do that. At that time, we…