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20/05/2022 Juliana Széchenyi

The British BBC paid tribute to the Slovenian woman for her rescue efforts

Talented musicians find refuge from the storm of war in Slovenia. British media also reported on the successful campaign of a Slovenian conductor.

Shortly after the war in Ukraine began, a campaign was launched to rescue the children of one of the local orchestras from the storm of war. A Slovenian conductor took action Živa Ploj Peršuh. The story of the 140 people who found shelter in Slovenia is also reported in the British BBC.

Members of the orchestra and their relatives have been in Slovenia since the beginning of March. "It has been a difficult journey. We couldn't open the windows on the train, we couldn't open the lights," describes 10-year-old Gleb, who took his recorder with him on the journey. They had to leave most of their belongings in their home country, including their pets.

The older members of the orchestra have formed a youth orchestra, with which they hope to perform in Europe in the coming months. The younger musicians are rehearsing together for a performance with President Borut Pahor. "When I sing, I feel so light. Music is my best friend," she told BBC said 10-year-old Gleb.

Živa Ploj Peršuh told the media that they want children to feel loved and valued. "They deserve it. They are young, bright, talented," she stresses. She cannot imagine herself in their situation. "I have a seven-year-old son. I can't imagine having to go on a train with him, with a plastic bag in my hand, maybe a teddy bear, a phone, papers and that's it."

The children are determined to be musical ambassadors for Ukraine until they can return to their homeland.

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