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Donbas and Civilians Photo Book project

Implementation year: 2018

In April 2018, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation presented a unique photo book: Donbas and Civilians. The heroes of this book are 11 civilians of the Donbas who found themselves in the epicenter of armed conflict. Severely wounded children, old people who lost their relatives and were left to live in half-destroyed homes, schoolchildren and teachers conducting classes in the conditions of fighting.

This is a tale of human fates, of their burned homes and charred hopes. A tale about how people survive with the hope for peace, which comes to their towns and villages with the help from Rinat Akhmetov.

When this book was in preprinting preparation, a trend began to appear in the world, which even the United Nations warned about: Ukraine is disappearing from the radar of international organizations. Not just in the world but even in our country, many began to forget about the conflict in which more than five million people became victims!

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is reminding the world about the tragedy which continues to unfold in the very center of Europe. Its book, Donbas and Civilians, was presented in Kyiv and Brussels, Lviv and London, Frankfurt am Main and Strasbourg, Mariupol and Zaporizhia. It was nominated as the Ukrainian Library Fund’s Best Social Photo Book of the Year.

Based on this photo book, the Foundation has released Donbas and Civilians series of videos. To view these videos, go to.

The Foundation presented Donbas and Civilians book to embassies and international organizations. Today, it is also available in the country’s leading libraries, including:

1. National Historical Library of Ukraine (Kyiv)

2. Korolenko Kharkiv Public Scientific Library

3. Scientific Library of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv)

4. Mykhailo Maksymovych Scientific Library (Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University)

5. Library of the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv)

6. Zaporizhia Oblast Universal Scientific Library

7. Yaroslav the Wise National Library of Ukraine (Kyiv)

8. Odesa National Scientific Library

9. Taras Shevchenko Central Library for Children (Kyiv)

10. Ternopil Oblast Library for the Youth

11. Dnipro Central City Library