Last week, a Ukrainian refugee gave birth to a healthy baby at the Sint-Andries Hospital in Tielt. The boy was named Andrew. It is the first refugee baby in Wingene since the start of the war in Ukraine. The family is now looking for a permanent home.
The images of a bombed children’s hospital in Ukraine where injured pregnant women are carried outside will undoubtedly remain burned into our retinas. Fortunately, there are also pregnant Ukrainian women who have a better fate.
Since April, Wingene has also been taking in a pregnant refugee, together with her daughter. On Thursday, September 1, around 11 am, Tetiana – the mother who fled from Ukraine – gave birth to her first son Andrew, a healthy boy of 3.4 kilos.
“Protecting and supporting our most vulnerable citizens, such as pregnant women and babies, is a human right. Whether they are Ukrainian or Flemish – Alderman of Welfare Tom Braet
Andrew will accompany his mother and sister in the public shelter provided by the municipality. “Lama Tetiana was well surrounded by the local buddy activities, so she was not short of anything during this important life event. We are pleased that mother and child are doing well,” says Tom Braet, Alderman for Welfare (CD&V).
“After all, that is what our Social House stands for. The protection and support of our most vulnerable citizens, such as pregnant women and babies, is a human right. Whether they are Ukrainian or Flemish.”
Dad and big brother in Ukraine
The father and big brother of 18 years old unfortunately had to miss the birth due to the war. It was an emotional moment when they were able to digitally meet their newborn family member.
“Now the family mainly wants to enjoy some peace and quiet, given the difficult period it has had. “Our municipality is now taking care of them further. At the moment, the mother can still stay in a public shelter with her two children, but they are urgently looking for a place of their own to live.”
“It remains very difficult for single mothers to find affordable housing on the private rental market,” says Mayor Lieven Huys. “We therefore call on landlords who have homes available to contact our Social House.”