Friday 17 February 2023

Telegraph Comment: Putin's forgotten victims deserve our support

Today, like every day, 16-year old Daria will learn online instead of attending her school

in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. She is undeterred by the fact lessons will likely be interrupted

by air raids. Last Friday, she sheltered in a corridor from 4am for the entire day after

Russia hurled at least 18 missiles in her direction. Alarms in her region have sounded

almost every day since. 

About 4.7 million children enrolled in education in Ukraine live like Daria. Power outages

dictate their schedules. Air raid alarms signal the end of lessons rather than school bells.

But who would know? Children’s new normal – a life of wartime disruption, fear and

trauma – is considered by too many as old news...

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