War in Ukraine: Millions of young people’s war-torn childhoods



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M. Burgot, S. Guillemot, B. Bervas, D. Padalka, A. Makrushin – France 2

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It’s back to school in Ukraine on Thursday, September 1, but only a third of students can resume face-to-face. The war that has been raging on them for more than six months is taking a toll on their daily lives. According to the UN, 1,000 children were killed or injured and 2,500 schools were destroyed in the shooting.

A child in the spotlight on every military path. As war raged in his region, he had no face-to-face school. From his 10-year-old height and his fake bulletproof vest and a plastic Kalashnikov, he shows his solidarity with the Ukrainian militia. “When the soldiers see me, it gives them good morale. This war is tough for them.”, the young boy reacts. Many groups of children have taken up the same habit. A child made a fake rocket launcher out of soda bottles, symbolizing a stolen childhood and young mind. Six Months War.

Missile attacks are now ending the lives of these young men. In the city center of Kharkiv (Ukraine), a father explains to his young child, who he holds in his arms, that the shooting was done by the Russians. In the apartment, a young woman is in shock. Her parents’ windows were shattered when the bomb exploded. “Let’s take revenge and make them suffer too”He says he already hates Russians from the height of his 13 years. “I am tired of always being in pain, these pains prevent me from sleeping”, another young man testifies, who survived a missile blast that left him in a coma for three days. Traumas imprinted throughout life.

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