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War photography

Mira and Liza, 15 and 16 years old, with hair down to their waists and the whites of their eyes as clear as fine bone china. Eyes on the future; all their lives ahead of them. Mira and Liza from Krasnohorivka.

There used to be a disco. Three years ago there were cafes. There were places where you could just hang out with your friends. There was a park. Well there’s still a park, but it’s always empty in the evenings now. At night there’s just stars and shelling, shelling and stars. In the morning there’s still the park, you can go running – but the shelling starts again and all there is to do is to go home again, go back to bed, just go back to sleep.

We feel like it will last forever. But sooner or later it will end. It has to, because we believe it so much, we want it so much. It’s really sad. Three years ago we were just running around, thinking it would all be like this forever, it’d be like life, living – and instead it’s this picture, you’re running around and you get caught in shelling and you’re sitting in a basement and there’s no life.

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21.7.17 in Mariinka, Toma, 3 years old, Vanya, 14, Anya, 19, injured by shrapnel

Mira and Liza are in Kyiv, showing their photographs of their hometown on the frontline in the east to a city that wants to forget about the war. At first, when they were invited to join the Mariinka Media Centre photography project, they thought someone wanted them to be models, longhaired brighteyed posing in ruined buildings. Instead they took photos themselves of the ruins. Of each other’s faces, laughing. Now they dream of going to college to study photography and journalism. We know there are problems with our education, it keeps getting interrupted. But we’ll finish, we’ll graduate, we’ll get away.

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Girls with dreams, Mariinka and Krasnohorivka

Today: one soldier killed, eight wounded in Krasnohorivka. Today Mira and Liza go home.

 


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