Friday 26 August 2022

Devex - In Ukraine, children and parents are battling trauma; help is elusive

LVIV, Ukraine — Like millions of Ukrainians, Daria — 33 and pregnant — fled her home with her husband and 3-year-old daughter Sofia, whose real name is concealed to protect her privacy, to avoid deadly Russian missiles flying overhead. 

“We decided to leave in March after I saw on television that women were giving birth in shelters and underground stations,” Daria tells Devex, resting her arm on her rounded belly. “I didn’t want that to be me…”

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This article was written as part of my work for the 2022 Early Childhood Global Reporting Fellowship at the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at the Columbia Journalism School.

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