Animals becoming the victims of human conflict is nothing new. Images of dead horses strewn across countless 19th century and early 20th century battlefields can attest to this sad reality. In Ukraine, there’s been a migration from east to west not only of people but of animals. Some are pets brought out by their fleeing owners. Some are zoo animals or strays gathered up by staff and volunteers from NGOs who are going into frontline areas. Regardless of the type of animals they are, war, a concept they cannot comprehend, creates anxiety, stress and fear, emotions that are not exclusive to humans. A ‘Noah’s Ark’ of animals continue to be transferred to safer sanctuaries as part of this western movement. Welcome to ‘NOAHS ARK: Animal Victims of War’
Eerie still life paintings in shades of Burnt Sienna. Remnants of everyday life, frozen in a macabre stillness the moment time stopped when Russian bombs rained down on Ukraine’s residential dwellings in the liberated towns of Irpin and Borodianka, Ukraine. Exquisite light kisses the scorched palette. Baby cribs and wheelchairs. Charred cameras that once held tender family photos. A coffee cup sits on a table near a recliner, singed and flaking. A kitchen table still holds food left uneaten. What were they cooking that last day of normal? Lives led, now put on hold. Or extinguished. Precious mementoes reduced to ash. Twisted metal, empty chairs, melted microwaves. Too painful to ponder what the power of these weapons of destruction does to human flesh at the point of impact. Broken glass becomes a metaphor for shattered lives. Survivors visit in a bittersweet homecoming to pick through the pieces of their former reality, saved from the bombardment by destiny. Others will never return. WELCOME TO ‘STILL LIFE: What Remains’ by 4 time Pulitzer Winter CAROL GUZY in-depth coverage all year long of this human tragedy.
The 2022 Ukrainian school year started in September, with a very somer start. Six months after the unprovoked Russian invasion, of their homeland had started out of nowhere. In a genocide of culture and learning, over 2000 educational institutions and 500 cultural sites have been damaged or destroyed by Russian shelling. The new curriculum including instructions on emergency measures and all buildings are required to have bomb shelters. The absence of children’s laughter leaves a surreal silence. Libraries are decimated. Sports trophies litter floors. The principal of Kharkiv Specialized School #62 wipes away dirt from a mural created by student dancers that form the word ‘Peace’ in Russian. A mortar attack obliterated a school in Kharkiv. Dead bodies are a daily visual for the students. For all civilians in Ukraine, daily life is a frontline. WELCOME TO: ‘Genocide of Learning’ by 4 time Pulitzer Winner CAROL GUZY, as part of an in-depth coverage all year long of this human tragedy.