In 1999, Sonja's immediate family was forced to flee Chernarus due to the politic uproar that was taking place before their very eyes. Alongside of her sister Melina, the infants were directed to the United States of America by the hands of their parents, who had no other choice but to leave the country. Entering the states via boat was a difficult task, but the illegals had no other choice but to enter these foreign lands. Within the next five years, the family had all been granted citizenship under humanitarian grounds, in which Chernarus played a valuable role in. The Chernarussian-American family had adapted to the country quite easily, both Sonja and Melina were raised with no recollection of their former home, Chernarus. Sonja had a difficult time finding happiness in the world, which resulted in hardships at a young age. The sisters had developed and eventually graduated high school in the United States, opening up doors and windows of opportunity for them. Communication with their distant relatives in Chernarus, who were brave enough to stay, was still strong. With both sisters out of high school, they were granted the chance to visit their distant family members back in Chernarus. The political firestorm was cooling down, so they thought, and it seemed to only be a trip that would benefit their relative's connection. The mass spread of the infection hit Chernarus as the sisters were only hours into exploring the country. Their lines of communication with their parents were shut down, there was no way to contact their cousins -- the two were fortunate enough to speak the native language in this wasteland, allowing them to travel towards their former home of Kabanino via bus convoy. As the two hit the home of the infection, they were left to fend each other from the literal walking dead. What was once a home to these optimistic sisters, was now a landfill covered in corpses.
The infection had simmered as the Kovar family reunited. Sonja and Melina had found their cousins, guiding them to their hometown of Kabanino. The family had collected themselves, uniting as a group with the passion to protect each other from the new wasteland that once was Chernarus. Their native home was now destroyed, but there was no other choice but to prosper until they could escape. In the meantime, the family created a place for themselves, a market that would allow them to create alliances with other survivors. Sonja and Melina were put to work as clerks, projecting their independence at a young age. This new life would be difficult, but the family had each other to fall back on for hope.