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Hong Kong (CNN)Ukrainian professional footballer Aleks Shliakotin begged his parents to flee the country after Russian bombs went off a kilometer from their Kyiv home.

But they were adamant they would be fine hiding out in their old apartment in the leafy suburb of Bucha. That was back in February. Four months on, much of their neighborhood lies in ruins, leveled in a Russian advance so brutal the suburb has become synonymous with alleged war crimes by Moscow's forces.
    Thankfully, while Shliakotin's parents took some convincing, they did eventually come around -- fleeing just before the first Russian tanks rolled in. Now they are awaiting refugee status in Germany and tearfully thank their son and daughter with each telephone call.
      "Days after convincing them, I saw videos of crushed streets -- everything looked horrible, like after the Second World War. Then I realised, 'damn it, this looks very familiar to me,'" said Shliakotin, a goalkeeper for Hong Kong Premier League club Hong Kong Rangers.Read More"Then the guy in the video says it's Vokzal'na Street, Bucha. That's literally my street, where I spent my childhood, where I went to school, where I've walked thousands of times. If my parents had still been there, they probably wouldn't be alive. Our house was destroyed."A few weeks after that, there were scenes of people just laying on the road with their hands tied, shot in their heads. It's just ... impossible to process. Thank God they left."
        A journey fraught with dangerShliakotin doesn't know what happened to his parents' apartment, as all their neighbors fled too.It was a journey fraught with danger for the couple, in their 60s, who had to escape by car because the airport was under heavy shelling. Temperatures were below zero and they had no spare clothes.So crowded were the roads with fleeing Ukrainians -- some of them leading children and animals on foot -- that it took them four days to reach the Polish border, a journey that would normally take eight hours."It sounds like some kind of movie. On the last day, they helped bring three kids from another family across the border, because the father in the lane behind them couldn't leave the country," Shliakotin said.Ukrainian footballer Roman Zozulya and fellow volunteers stuff ambulances to be sent to Ukraine with care packages in Madrid in Spain.The footballer is not seeking sympathy. "You need to understand that while the stories sound wild, we're sort of lucky. We have nothing to complain about. Right now in Ukraine, if you lost your apartment but everyone is alive (then) you don't even open your mouth to say something bad has happened to you," he said."(Many children) are living without their parents ... people are writing phone numbers, surnames and date of births on their kids' backs just in case they die the next day."A higher goalWhat Shliakotin -- a former Ukraine national youth team goalkeeper -- is seeking, however, is funding to help those stuck back home.And he has found a surprising level of support in his adopted home of Hong Kong.Starting his football career at the prestigious Dynamo Kyiv youth academy, the now 32-year-old Shliakotin has been a Hong Kong fan favorite since moving to its top league in 2016. And he has found he can leverage that popularity for a good cause, receiving an overwhelming response to his Instagram video posts in which he asks Hongkongers for help."I got thousands of messages of support from day one," he said. "I was shocked at how many people wanted to help," Shliakotin said.One of three ambulances filled with first-aid resources and funded by Hong Kong donors to be sent from Spain to Ukraine.His appeals have since helped to fund nine ambulances to be sent to Ukraine, three of them paid for specifically by donations from Hong Kong, and countless smaller offerings."There was one man who contacted me on Facebook, a Mr. Lam, who wrote 'hey Aleks, I saw the news on Ukraine and I want to donate $10,000 Hong Kong dollars (about $1,300), but I want to help a specific person or family who really need it. If you know someone, please let me know.'"I had just heard from a mother and two daughters from Chernihiv whose house was destroyed and were in panic with nowhere to go. So we sent the money to them."The family were shocked -- they couldn't believe something like this was possible. That a man from Hong Kong, a place they didn't hadn't even heard of, would help all of a sudden."Those are the moments where I know that humanity is still alive -- that there is still some good in the world."A team effortTwo close friends are helping Shliakotin in his efforts.Oresta Brit is a volunteer who has been feeding and transporting children and the elderly since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, while Roman Zozulya is a former Dynamo Kyiv youth teammate playing in Spain, who helps to buy, service and repair the ambulances in that country before they are sent to Ukraine.Ukrainian footballer Roman Zozulya holds a 'Thank You Hong Kong' sign in front of an ambulance to be sent from Spain to Ukraine.Each ambulance needs documentation from the Ukrainian Embassy, then must be registered to a specific military unit. Once those boxes are ticked, "we stuff our ambulances with humanitarian aid, and our volunteers drive them to the border, before my (team) takes over to the final destination," Shliakotin.Zozulya said he and Shliakotin were just one part of a network of overseas Ukrainian footballers "uniting to help."
          "While some are fighting on the front lines, we have our own [role] as public figures," Zozulya said."We have this opportunity that others don't have -- we can speak to the whole world and can be heard by a huge number of people."

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          IT can be unsettling to see your child experiencing a night terror, but it might be reassuring to know they're pretty common.

          Here, a child sleep expert reveals everything you need to know about the traumatic late-night episodes, and what parents can do to help.

          3Night terrors are common in childrenCredit: Getty 3Sue Welby from LittleLifeSteps explains what to do if your child has night terrors

          "Night terrors can be incredibly distressing and scary to watch as a parent, some children may even talk and shout 'get away' or call out 'mummy' and parents are right there in front of them," Sue Welby, from LittleLifeSteps tells Fabulous.

          "When children are talking and shouting out like this it makes parents believe their child is awake, but they are not. They are in a deep sleep."

          What are night terrors?

          Sleep terrors are episodes of high-pitched screaming, night sweating, arched backs and crying, with eyes wide open and a face filled with panic.

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          A child will have no recollection of a night terror in the morning, and if they do, they most likely had a nightmare - there's a big difference, according to Sue.

          She explains: "A night terror is when a child gets caught between two sleep stages.

          "They happen during non-Rem (NREM) sleep when a child is emerging from their deep sleep.

          "A child’s body is very active thrashing around, but their mind is not fully awake."

          The episodes normally occur within the first 2-3 hours of falling asleep and they typically last about ten minutes.

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          But for some children, they could be as short as one minute or as long as 30 minutes. 

          Kids often fall straight back to sleep but can wake up dazed with no memory of what happened.

          Why do children get them?

          The cause of night terrors is relatively unknown but there's reason to believe there's a genetic link involved, Sue says.

          She suggests families speak with their own parents and ask if they experienced them as a child which could help offer some insight.

          Overheating could be another reason, Sue says, as kids "can’t regulate their temperature like adults."

          She explains: "Due to the heat, children are having a more disturbed night’s sleep and going into their day feeling tired.

          "This then leads on to overtiredness which is a major factor in causing a night terror."

          If you notice night terrors after returning from holiday, there's a simple reason why.

          Sue says: "Some children will get night terrors when they return from a holiday due to the disruption in their sleep schedule and a change in their diet.

          "Parents are more likely to offer sugary snacks with additives on holiday.

          "Monitoring this could prevent a night terror."

          And finally, some kids have been known to experience night terrors after returning from the hospital.

          There are a few reasons for this, Sue says, including certain medications, separation anxiety and emotional distress and anxiety.

          How to deal with them

          Unfortunately, "there's not a lot parents can do" when a night terror hits, but that doesn't mean do nothing.

          Offer verbal reassurance

          While it won't stop the episode, repeating the same sentence can help offer reassurance. For example, “Mummy/daddy is here, you are safe."

          "This is more for the parents as just by saying this it can help parents feel calmer and not so helpless," Sue explains.

          "It is more upsetting for the parent than the child. Relax, breathe, and ride the night terror out."

          This can also help parents fall back asleep afterwards as many say they have trouble sleeping if their little one is off.

          Keep them safe

          During a night terror, if the little one is thrashing around then protect them from banging into any furniture and potentially hurting themselves.

          Do this and wait it out until the episode is over.

          Keep a sleep diary

          If the night terrors are frequent, keeping a sleep diary will help you work out what time they wake each night, and if there's a recurring pattern.

          What is stirring and does it help?

          Once you have a regular time each night, scheduled stirring is where a parent will rouse their child 15-30 minutes before the time the night terror starts.

          This is so they come to a slightly higher level of sleep, but they are not fully awake.  

          To do this, Sue says: "First start by just walking in the room. This may be enough for them to stir. If not move on to using your voice and say their name."

          If they still don't wake, parents can try touch by placing their hand on their child, or they could try repositioning them as this will stir many children.

          "This is then repeated every night for two weeks," Sue says.

          "If the child wakes fully then bring it forward by 15 minutes so you're stirring when they're in their deep sleep stage."

          Why you shouldn't hug your children

          "It's a natural response for parents when a child is looking distressed to try and wake them, or to offer them a hug," Sue says.

          But she warns against it and says hugging is a no-no, in fact, you shouldn't try and wake them at all.

          "During a night terror children can be very agitated or feel trapped, so a parent going in for a hug can make them worse," Sue explains.

          "Hugs, or trying to wake them, can prolong the night terror and make those feelings more heightened."

          Sue says many parents she's helped have reported a reduction in the length of the night terror.

          But it always depends on the child, she explains, as "some night terrors are not so huge and all children are unique."

          So if hugging your child helps them through the ordeal and allows them to fall asleep quickly, then hug away.

          Can babies get night terrors? The answer is yes.

          Rachel Vera, an expert at Hubble Connected, tells Fabulous: "Night terrors are unfortunately extremely common among both children and adults, however, few parents realise that babies experience them too."

          "Whilst research in this area is comparatively limited, babies can experience the discomfort of a night terror; in actual fact, baby night terrors are much more common than most parents assume. "

          Signs of a night terror in babies include:

          • wailing and screaming
          • rapid breathing
          • a racing heartbeat
          • appearing distressed
          • crying
          • unresponsiveness

          "If you see these indicating factors in your little one, they could be experiencing a night terror," Rachel says.

          Like with kids, not a whole lot can be done while your little one is experiencing a night terror, but you can take steps to help avoid them altogether.

          Rachel says: "Night terrors can be alleviated to a great extent by simply minimising stress and regulating your baby’s sleep routine.

          "As babies are technically asleep during a night terror, they may not respond to your soothing attempts in the moment. Instead, prevention becomes a priority. "

          Rachel suggests having soft night lights in their room to help foster melatonin production and encourage restful sleep.

          "I would also recommend that you re-evaluate your baby’s nursery; is it comfortable, the right temperature, dark, and quiet? Your baby must be in a relaxing environment to settle and sleep," she says.

          "If you have any concerns about your baby’s wellbeing and possible sleep terrors, speak to your doctor.

          "Distress in babies can highlight a number of things so it’s always better to get your little one checked out."

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