Reference : V-P-UA-E-00536
Date : 14/07/2016
Country/Region : UKRAINE
Caption : Donetsk. The ICRC helps families find relatives. Anzhela at the kindergarten where her son, who disappeared in the summer of 2014, took his first steps in life.
Photographer : HOFFMAN, Brendan
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website article, 05.10.2016: "Ukraine crisis: Uncertainty on both sides of the contact line. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and grandparents of the missing on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine cope as best they can with an impossible, wholly intolerable situation.
Waiting to discover what has happened to their relatives means living in limbo, denied the chance to mourn or a reason to stop hoping against hope. This uncertainty has a severe emotional, social and economic impact on the loved ones of the missing. [...] These are their stories.
Vladimir was 32 years old when he went missing. What exactly happened to him? His parents, Anzhela and Oleg, can only guess.
Until they find out, Vladimir's seven-year-old son, their grandson, is their comfort. They play with him and take him to the pond near their home where Vladimir and his wife used to go every weekend. Vladimir graduated in marketing management and was working for an international company. He was well respected and had many friends with whom he shared a passion for computer games.
"I cannot accept that he's gone. He just wanted to help our closest friend, who is also his godmother, to find her son. He even did not want to go, but we all wanted him to help take her to where she might have found some information about her own son. It's just inconceivable that they all just disappeared," says his mother, Anzhela.
The photograph is part of the ICRC exhibition "Uncertainty".
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3840x5760
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour