Ščadroŭ used to work as a paramedic in an ambulance emergency service in
Belarus. His ambulance was often called to collect homeless people from the
streets, who were thrown away from the ambulance just after a few kilometres.
When Alexey was imprisoned, he found himself unwanted too. The time behind bars
changed the former paramedic’s outlook on life. His role model became Mother
Theresa who was the embodiment of exemplary Christian perseverance, mercy and
love for the outcasts. Following his release, Alexey led a vagrant’s life and
lived in church buildings. Later in his life he settled in a village where he
organised unofficial asylum. There he started to admit poor people and take
care of them, help them obtain reissued passports and enable them to return to
normal life. Concerned Belarusians were quick to provide support such as food,
clothes and other necessities. Unfortunately, the local authorities were not
appreciative of Alexey’s initiative. From the outset and for three challenging
years, officials were forcing the former paramedic to shut the asylum down.
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