The brave 11-year-old Ukrainian boy Hassan Pisecka traveled more than 600 miles(965 kilometers) on his own to escape Russia’s war. Finally, he reunited with his lovely mom.

Júlia Pisecká, Hassan’s mom, was in a difficult situation and she had to make an important decision after Russian troops seized the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe in March 2022.


Pisecká’s family was living just a town away from the power plant, Pisecká’s intuition said her son will be in danger if he remain at home. But since her mom is too unwell, she must stay there to protect her ailing mom. There was no way that the two of them could leave.

In this dangerous situation, Pisecká made a heartbreaking decision to send Hassan to Slovakia alone. Although the decision was heartbreaking. It was necessary. Once he arrived at the destination, her relatives in Slovakia would pick him up and take him into their home.

After that, Pisecká, her mom, and their dog also tried to escape because the threat of the Russian bombing convinced her to do so. Slovakian police said, noting how they also traveled with their dog.

Trying to escape is always better than doing nothing. Júlia and her mom decided to escape from the war-torn land with their little dog. They hopped on a train and traveled to Slovakia.

Brave 11-Yr-Old Ukrainian boy reunited with his family.
Hassan Pisecka


The young boy became the symbol of Ukrainian bravery after he traveled 600 miles to the border with just a phone number, passport, and plastic bag in his hand. “The impossible has become a reality,” said the national police force of Slovakia. They shared photos and videos of Hassan Pisecka’s reunion.

In the video of their reunion, we can see Julia wiping away her tears after she met her son. Then she gave him a huge hug, along with her five other children who were already safely in Slovakia.


“The train ride was very difficult … But we had to escape so our family could be back together,” Yulia told The Sun. “Hundreds were crammed in a single car. But we had to escape so our family could be back together.”

“I’d like to thank everyone from my heart. We have to start from scratch. We lost everything we’ve had but we’re healthy,” she said

According to a post on Facebook, the Slovakian Interior Ministry, Roman Mikulec, said “Hassan won everybody’s hearts with his smile, fearlessness, and determination, worthy of a real hero.”

”When Júlia was told that Hassan had made it to Slovakia, a wave of relief washed over her — choosing to send her son on a 600-mile journey alone was no doubt one of the hardest decisions she’s ever made, especially since she understands all too well the dangers of fleeing a country. Years ago, the Pisecká family was forced to abruptly leave their home in Syria. While doing so her husband, Hassan’s dad didn’t make it.”

Brave 11-Yr-Old Ukrainian boy reunited with his family.
Hassan Pisecka with his mom

The Ukrainian police wrote on Facebook: “The eldest brother is only 20 years old, but he is the head of the family.”

“Arranging the necessary documents, permits, looking for schools, accommodation… They lost everything again, but this time the war took no one. They’re together and that’s all that matters,” police wrote on Facebook.

Julia is a widow. But that doesn’t matter because she’s a brave mom. She has the power to keep her children safe.

“I am a widow and I have more children,” Júlia said. “I want to thank the Slovak customs and volunteers who took care of my son and helped him cross the border. I am grateful you have saved my child’s life.”


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