Originally from Australia, my wife Madeline and I moved to Chernarus in June 2015 after I signed a two year contract with Chernogorsk Industries and a Systems Engineer. Looking to start a family we thought this was an opportunity to get a head start in our life together before moving back to Australia.
We new it was risky, especially after the civil conflicts that gripped the nation in 2009. Madeline obtained work as an adult education English teacher in Chernogorsk and private tutor.
Life was good and our risk was starting to pay-off overall despite some home sickness and adapting issues.
Both Madeline and I are resilient and hardworking people that are always willing to lend a hand or ear and strive to do what’s right. We were both raised in the Lutheran Christian faith and have tried to carry that through into our adult lives despite the challenges of the modern world.
As news reports of Martial Law in the north and followed by military action we made the tough call to begin preparations to leave Chernarus.
Mid-July 2017 saw the nation turn to hell on earth. Horrible news was coming in from the east of attacks and growing refugees around Elektrozavodsk. International help was arriving into Chernogorsk & Elektrozavodsk. Madelaline and I had barely escaped the city intact amidst the rioting and looting. We didn’t get far in our car before we hit stopped traffic on the way to Bnn airstrip. Suddenly a loud explosion from up ahead and gun-shots. It appeared to be coming from the gas station. I got out and climbed onto the roof for a better look and could see people start to leave their cars and run. There was lot of fighting and screaming. I told Madeline to grab her bag and get out, I grabbed mine and we ran into the woods.
Gunshots over our head coming from the woods.
‘’STOP RIGHT THERE!!” from a bearded military man. “Hand up and don’t move, or you WILL BE Shot” Both Madeline and I complied.
Our lives would never be the same again.