The shelter is in a church building and was established at the very beginning of the war. A priest runs it and says they shelter 150 refugees daily. Some refugees rest for a short time there and some stay longer. Women and children are prioritised so that they don’t need to sleep at overcrowded railway stations
Natalia and her children arrived to Lviv by bus. The family comes from the Kyiv region. Natalia’s husband is in the army.
'Our village was destroyed. There was bombing every day. I feared for my family. I’m afraid for my husband.'
Natalia says she wants peace for her children. She says she wants to stay in Lviv until the end of the war, because the bombings in her home village were incredibly stressful.
'When there was bombing at night, I did not know where to go. We feared that our building would be destroyed. In this shelter, I feel peaceful.'