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    Suspended in middair

    UKRAINE: A small group of social workers work to create a much-needed safe space for children to live in.

    In the East of Ukraine, near the frontline, a shelter is the transition point in the lives of children whose parents struggle with the effects of the conflict. Unemployment is one such effect, a deep wound for the communities there, one often medicated with alcohol. As a result, the adults inflict even deeper wounds on their children, who are taken to this shelter where they wait, suspended in midair, for their faith to be decided. The children can be taken back by their parents if they manage to get their lives together, and with the hope, they won’t relapse. But they often do. If this doesn’t happen, the children’s hope is to be taken in by relatives or placed . . .

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    Bianca-Olivia Nita
    Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
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