With Help from US, Ukrainians with Disabilities Seek Escape from War


Sachuk is director of Fight for Right, a women-led, Ukrainian disability rights nonprofit building an international network to help people escape the war, or at least give them a better chance of surviving it. That growing network extends across the Atlantic to a Juniata apartment where a pair of Philadelphia disability rights activists are assisting with logistics and coordination. Germán Parodi and Shaylin Sluzalis, co-executive directors of the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, have been consumed by the work, the couple said, volunteering five to 10 hours a day on the task. They often work well past midnight because of the time difference between here and Europe.

“It is the top priority,” Sluzalis said. “We live and breathe this right now.”