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"I can't just sit idle here". The story of Katya from Vorzel

I met Katya in the lobby of a cozy pilgrimage center that receives internally displaced persons. It seemed to me at first that the girl was working here dealing with organizational issues because she held a notebook in her hands and…

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"I can't just sit idle here". The story of Katya from Vorzel
My daughter sings Tina Karol's song about Ukraine all the time…

My daughter sings Tina Karol's song about Ukraine all the time…

The girl mentioned in the title was able to grow up peacefully in the Sumy region, prepare for school and delight the whole family with singing her favorite Ukrainian songs. However, unfortunately, the 5-year-old kid and her mother, Mrs.…

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Shelter for the body and consolation for the soul in the heart of the…

In times of the war, the word "shelter" acquires a special meaning. Caritas Spes Yablunytsia is not just a place where a comfortable bed, delicious food and a hot shower will always be offered. It is also a constant support of native…

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Shelter for the body and consolation for the soul in the heart of the…
"If God led us out of hell, then he has a plan for us" - parents of…

"If God led us out of hell, then he has a plan for us" - parents of…

When we hear about the tens of thousands of dead in Mariupol, we understand, that this is not the final figure. When just for a moment we try to imagine the lives of people in catacombs for three months now, under constant fire, without…

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"I trust that who is an instrument of destructive power will be punished,…

Svitlana moved from Odessa. The day we publish this story, her daughter Kateryna was born.

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"I trust that who is an instrument of destructive power will be punished,…
"In the morning we saw traces of military tank trucks near our house. The…

"In the morning we saw traces of military tank trucks near our house. The…

“A rabid crowd like an endless snake stretched across the entire station and underpasses for the trains to west Ukraine. People sat on bags, stood, walked, and chattered in the twilight, with trunks, children and pets… »  

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‘God takes care of His children’. From hell to miracle. Svitlana’s diary

We learnt that the priest tried to get the column out but it came under fire. A mother and her two children were in one of the cars. The mother got shot in her arm, one of the kids in the belly and the other one in the arm, too. I still…

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‘God takes care of His children’. From hell to miracle. Svitlana’s diary
"If it weren't for the Lord, we would be at the very epicenter of…

"If it weren't for the Lord, we would be at the very epicenter of…

February 24, 2022. The day when the life was divided into before and after. The events of that day became a point of no return. That day I woke up at 7 am from the alarm clock with a feeling of imminent trouble. After reading the…

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"Cut the loaf into pieces to stretch for longer" - the story of…

I'm from Kiev. I remember standing on the Maidan in 2004 and 2014. Then we did not allow them to do to us what happened in Belarus. The bells rang and we ran to the square to fight for the right to live freely. This struggle continues to…

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"Cut the loaf into pieces to stretch for longer" - the story of…
‘Our city had never been more beautiful than on the day before the war’, Agnia…

‘Our city had never been more beautiful than on the day before the war’, Agnia…

My name is Agnia Bohun. I am a Ukrainian author residing in Kharkiv. The war in Ukraine has become a complete surprise to me. The threat had been around long ago, at the border, which is just 30 kilometres away. The build-up of the…

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Parallel world. Work with Roma in Transcarpathia

Kateryna Paierska has been working in Roma camps for 12 years. Being a part of Caritas of St. Martin (Caritas-Spes Transcarpathia), she visits 7 Roma settlements, where she organizes work with children. In Katya's car, we visit camp after…

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Parallel world. Work with Roma in Transcarpathia
Home of mercy and decent old age

Home of mercy and decent old age

Even from the corridor I feel the chypre notes of amber and sandalwood, the smell coming from Mrs. Halyna’s room. She is 96, but a woman will be a woman, no matter how old she is.

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