We fought our way through the open ground. Apart from a few trees, there was no hiding place. The toxic cloud followed, relentlessly. The children and younger ones wore the few masks left working. We covered our mouths and noses with scarves. At first, we had the company of a few animals, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds who disappeared in the horizon quickly. The long line of tired people did not move as fast. The injured, the sick, the elderly were clearly slowing down the pace of the column. A decision had to be taken. And it was. I shall never forget the horror in the eyes of my granddaughter when she realized I was being left behind.