“It was so scary,”
said the teenager, who looks much smaller than children of her age.
When she was evacuated by emergency workers, Semeniuk noticed that
army soldiers started digging trenches around the school.
For the past three days the girl has
lived in a bomb shelter that was constructed in Soviet times in the
basement of the town’s culture house in case of nuclear attack.
There are bright stuffed toys scattered
on top of old mattresses, marking the place where a group of children
sleeps in a stinky, dirty and narrow shelter along with dozens of
other, grown-up, people.