How Misha, a 19-Year-Old With Down Syndrome, Escaped Ukraine
As Russian missiles fell on the besieged Ukranian city of Mariupol, 19-year-old Misha Rohozhyn, who has Down syndrome, had a panic attack in a bomb shelter. He screamed so loudly that everyone else in the basement, which had more than 1,000 people crammed into it, fell silent.
Misha’s breakdown persuaded his mother, Liana Rohozhyna, to forgo safety underground. They moved into a day center that he had attended in peacetime. The center, unprotected against bombardment, soon became a refuge for people with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism who were unable to cope in basements and other shelters.