In one instance, a youngster was compelled to travel alone to Slovakia. The 11-year-old boy made the long, difficult journey to Slovakia with only a backpack, a passport, and a phone number written on his hand, as we previously reported. The Slovakian authorities praised him as a hero. “He won people over with his smile, bravery deserving of a true hero,” according to the release.

“He traveled all alone from Zaporizhzhia because his parents were unable to accompany him,” according on police spokeswoman Denisa Bardyova. His mother posted a video statement at the time, expressing her gratitude to Slovakian authorities. “I am thankful that you saved my child’s life,” said Julia Pisecka in a video statement. “There are individuals with huge hearts in your little nation,” she added.