Khatidzhe Aliyeva was born in 1929 in the village of Koz (Solnechnaya Dolina) near Sudak. She wanted to be a teacher, like her father. But the war and deportation deprived her not only of her homeland, but also of hope for a carefree future. On May 18, 1944, the first thing her mother took with her into exile was a sewing machine. It was the machine that helped save five children from hunger in the foreign land.