INTERACTIVE STORY: Bringing clean water to conflict-affected eastern UkrainePublished: Jan 21, 2022 Reading time: 1 minute
Welcome to the village of Pisky. A place where, for the last eight years, people have written "Family lives here" on their gates to let fighters know that civilians reside in the area. Mikhail and Svitlana were one of many families trapped by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Their village had more than 2,000 inhabitants before the conflict erupted in 2014. Today, only 11 people remain.
Shelling, no water or reliable electricity – this has been the daily reality for holdouts like Mikhail and Svitlana. They lived without easily available drinking water for four years. In late 2018, clean water started to arrive in the village by truck thanks to People in Need and funding from the European Union.
We created cartoon about their daily life but never published it because Mikhail passed away suddenly in 2019 and Svitlana remained alone. Still we never stopped thinking about their story. In the summer of 2021 we visited Svitlana to complete the story. What’s her life like? Join us for a visit to Svitlana’s house in interactive story.