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Woman who fled Cyprus to escape 1974 war opens hotel to Ukrainian refugees in the UK




A woman whose family fled from Cyprus to Britain to escape the 1974 war has closed her seaside hotel to tourists so she can give Ukrainian refugees a place to stay, Kathimerini reports.

According to the newspaper, Nitsa Michael is no longer taking guests at the Seaward Hotel in Weston-super-Mare, England and has instead decided to provide a “home away from home” for 22 Ukrainian refugees.

The 84-year-old Cypriot woman said she wanted to help the Ukrainians fleeing their homeland due to the current Russian-Ukrainian war because she knew what it felt like to have one’s home taken away from them.

Nitsa Michael. Photo: BBC.

“I felt for them,” Michael said.

Yuliia, one of the refugees who now lives in the hotel after she left her home in Berdyansk after explosions started in February, said life at the hotel ‘is very good.’

“This life here is very good, and I’m very glad to be in this country,” Yuliia said. “Here we have a hotel, a room, a shower, a kitchen and many other things – we also have the sea.”

Any refugee in need of accommodation can find the Seaward Hotel listed on Homes For Ukraine.

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