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Voices from 100 days of conflict

Voices from those living and working in war as Ukraine conflict passes hundred days

A burnt out bus outside a school in Kharkiv serves as stark reminder of the continuing conflict in Ukraine. The building façade in the background looks deceptively intact, covering from sight the actual devastation inside the classrooms. But the yard is eerily empty - there are no school children here, no rhymes or songs being sung, no balls or skipping ropes being played.

Originally from Kharkiv, 11-year-old Lev* studies his lessons online from the shelter where he now lives in another region. His favourite subjects are English, because he likes to compare it to Ukrainian, and maths because he likes solving puzzles. One day he’d like to be an IT specialist.

Since the escalation of conflict in February, the number of attacks on schools in Ukraine has skyrocketed. At least 1,800 schools have been damaged or destroyed. All 7.5 million children from Ukraine have experienced some form of disruption to their education as a result of the war.

Beyond their schooling, children are losing their homes. Two-thirds of children have already fled their homes in Ukraine. 

But the hundred days of escalating conflict in Ukraine have not been entirely devoid of hope. With the help of donors, Save A Child Center is working inside Ukraine and at the borders of neighbouring countries to support the immediate needs of children and their families.

As we mark the hundredth day of conflict in Ukraine, multiple voices share their own experiences on the ground. Children speak of the heavy burden of war, but with the help of donors the stories they tell can be ones filled with hope.