“The family was moving in at the moment. Therefore, their home wasn’t completely furnished yet. However, all repairs and settlement were completed within a week. Just at the very first days at the new place, instead of a traditional ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ pie, police detained the parents due to the false reports,” Oksana Kravchenko, a family consultant, said.
“That’s not true that the house was full of bugs. Maybe a few flies got in, when the policewoman held the door wide open for about 30 minutes. It was summer time, and our house was located at the forest near the lake,” Andrej and Natalia indicated.
“It’s also not proven that boys were shooting with BB-guns. Rather they were toy water pistols. Scratches and bruises were caused by playing in the forest, climbing trees, wrestling. Injuries were exaggerated by media representatives,” Kravchenko said in defense of the Sokil family.
Krachenko continued. “There were windows and fans at the second-level room, named in the media as ‘the attic’. Four or five children could live there comfortably. It can be seen on the photos.
As a result, the harm of 2014 is the following:
“The 14-year old boy from this Christian family was placed into homosexual foster home against the will of the parents. Four-year old returned home with a broken arm. The boy fell from a swing, while in the foster home, and the medical help was not professional. The parents had to go to the hospital again and redo the cast. DSS also requested a surgery on the two-year old. According to additional doctors, DSS wrote the diagnosis of a disease that didn’t exist then sent the family numerous bills. The parents have never approved medical procedures or expenses, imposed by DSS. As a result, the credit history of Andrej and Natalia Sokil was damaged in addition to the mentioned traumas. According to Natalia, the family Sokil wanted to file a police report regarding the broken arm, also about the badly-stitched scar on the face of a child. However, police didn’t file the report. While at the hospital, the causes of trauma were not described in the doctor’s report either,” commented Kravchenko.
As a result, the Sokil family, and numerous other immigrants, do not trust the local government and school personnel. They also do not have much choice. Most schools are low-ranking, and the danger of false reporting is very high. While home schooling is an option, many parents of 10-15 children families are poor, and do not have sufficient education themselves. They like Spartanburg, have lived there for a long time, and don’t want to go away from their homes because of persistent persecution, as they consider, based on their religion and nationality.
“Opening the school, which would teach children manners, respect to parents, teachers, and other older adults as well as the necessary academics, languages, and many other electives, is the sharpest need of the East-European community of Spartanburg. A group of enthusiasts is working on the school project now. The school project is under development, and will be published soon. The community of Spartanburg is praying for financing,” Kravchenko said.
“Almost all of the readers or their friends have children or grandchildren. Is this fair to parents to give all their talents, aspirations, finances and years of life to their kids, and receive persecution, destruction, separation and intimidation from the government representatives and many others in the community as a result?” Natalia Sokil is asking.
Parents believe that the case will be resolved favorably, and Sofia will return home. They need the bigger house, as requested by DSS, however their credit history has been damaged by the situation with DSS. Growing girls need separate rooms, and the younger boys are still sleeping on couches in the living room. The funds for expensive correctional Christian schools were also borrowed. Lawyers also cost money, but how else someone can be heard?
The Sokil asks for any kind of help possible. You can help by re-posting this article, suggesting us sources of financing, writing on our behalf, or helping in the other way God leads you to. Please contact:
P. O. Box 644
Inman, SC 29349
864 590 6760
You can also donate to the family via GoFundMe.