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It is difficult even for psychiatrist to understand what children think about war Photo by Oleksandr Kornyakov
It is difficult even for psychiatrist to understand what children think about war

Kherson region hosts internally displaced persons from ATO (anti-terrorist operation) zone and from Crimea. More than 700 IDP are already in Kherson. 267 of them are minors. Local people are helping how they can.

Moreover, Kherson region host children of soldiers and activists. Our region has several good sanatoriums and children can swim in the sea or just relax in a friendly environment. Many of them are from the ATO zone. It is difficult to say what they think about current situation. They are already used to journalists and cameras. They talk a lot about bombings and combats they saw in their hometowns. It is hard for us to hear their conversations: instead of playing and laughing, they talk about different kinds of weapons…

Children have learned to wake up not with their mother’s kiss but when they hear sirens. They count how many bombs exploded in their city. They know what war looks like. And some of them already know their father is never coming back.

When adults ask them about their dreams and wishes, they do not want new phones or toys. They want to go home and they want to end this war. They want to see their friends and parents. Soldiers believe that if they have a drawing made by their kids, the bullets will miss them. Children spent all their days drawing for their fathers and sending them new pictures.

For information and consultations, IDPs can call Kherson “hot line” of the local Community Law Center, administrated by the regional charity and health fund: 099-468-38-48 (10am-3pm daily).

Additional information: Community Law Centers are established with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation within the framework of “Legal Empowerment of the Poor” programme initiative. You can learn more on the Centers network activities, basics and principles of work here: www.legalspace.org

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