The photograph to the left is of miners who work in the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine, the part of that country that is suffering most from the Russian invasion. That photograph is included in a group of photographs taken by a young woman, Valeriya Myronenko.
Business Insider has the rest of them and the story behind them. It starts: “If you told Ukrainian photographer Valeriya Myronenko six months ago that Donbass, the region in eastern Ukraine where she grew up, would erupt in a war, she wouldn’t believe you. Now, with conflict raging between Ukraine and multiple separatist movements, it has become apparent that the unthinkable has come true for Myronenko.
Myronenko, who now lives in Toronto, stayed with her family in Donbass for four months this past spring and summer and witnessed the region deteriorating firsthand, she tells Business Insider.”
Ms Myronenko says: “All the conflict unraveled before my eyes. It was incredible to watch how fast things can go from civilization to something crazy and burned down.”
I suggest anyone with an interest in taking a close in the living conditions of the people of that region and understanding their feelings would be wise to read the article and look at the other photographs which are not of war but are of how the people live, or better put survive.
In America we tend to forget places like this exists; we fail to remember what it was like living in the detritus of the Soviet Union, we cannot understand what it takes to survive in those places, nor how the fears of the elderly drive away the youth with dreams.
The article notes: “While there are plenty of young people in Donbass, most try to leave as soon as they are able because the only career prospects are in a mine or a factory. The result has been a rapidly greying population.”
Reflect on how different other parts of the world are. Think also how wars sweep across areas of the globe either not affecting the lives of people now living in miserable conditions or only making them worse. It surely does not make them better.