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Reference : V-P-UA-E-01010
Date : 13/04/2022
Country/Region : UKRAINE
Caption : Kiev region. Bucha. Close-up portrait of an eldery person who stayed in the city despite the heavy fighting and shelling that took place.
Photographer : SYNENKO, Alyona
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website article 20.04.2022 :
"Left behind in Ukraine: The faces of Bucha"
Bucha, the once quiet town on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, became a theatre of fierce fighting. Most of its 30,000 residents fled. But those who couldn’t, like the elderly, sick and those with limited mobility, stayed behind. Many of them are alone with no heating, water or electricity. They are deeply traumatised and often break into tears when they speak to the ICRC team about what they endured.
The ICRC team registered Bucha residents for cash assistance between April 13 and 20. Some of them shared a glimpse of what life is like for them today.

Natalia, 68
"Our children, our granddaughter, left, and our godson went missing. Now, it is only my husband and me. All our windows got broken from the fighting. After that, I couldn't force myself to go to bed for three nights. I feel sorry for the animals. We have chickens, rabbits, and pigeons.
I feed five cats and one dog left behind by the neighbours. We have all changed. Young people have aged."
Resolution : 5464x5464
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : black and white