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Opening of the photo exhibition "Every face has a story..."

Kyiv, 25 October 2011 – the photo exhibition "Every face has a story…" was opened at the Gallery of the “Fund for Promotion of Art Development” with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine. The exhibition is a creative report by photographers Vladyslav Musienko and Mykhailo Korishov on numerous meetings with children and teenagers during their visits to correctional colonies where children serve their sentences. Faces of children are hidden – just like tragic circumstances of their childhood hidden from the society are.

"This summer I took pictures at five correctional colonies. I talked with children a lot. Despite their difficult life stories, these children surprised me with their sincere perception of life every time. I think that these children just did not receive timely help, and no one prompted them how to behave with dignity. Many of them have been deprived of adults’ support and appropriate education." – says Mykhailo Korishov, photographer.

Children on the photographs are very different. They are talented, reserved, sincere, suspicious, talkative, and shy. Some of them have studied in elite schools, while some have slept on clean bed sheets or got an extra pair of shoes for the first time in the life. Some of them are regularly visited by their relatives, some are visited only occasionally, and there are some who are never visited. They share their painful experience and habit of self-defence, as well as their past about which they would rather keep silent.

"Children are not born criminals. Life stories of these children help us to realise that there are many ways in which such children may be influenced, and detention is the most expensive solution for the problem, both for the society and these children. We believe that rehabilitation and reintegration of children in conflict with law are possible and should take place in communities and families. Detention of children should be applied only as an exceptional measure to those children who have committed serious and cruel crimes."

The exhibition will take place from 26 October to 2 November at the Gallery of the “Fund for Promotion of Art Development”. Address: 1/6 Frolivska St., Kyiv Tel. +38 (044) 2386521

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About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a world leader on protection of child rights and best interests of a child. UNICEF is working on the ground in 150 countries to protect and support children from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Ukraine in 1997. For more information:  www.unicef.org.ua

For further information, please contact: Yulia Yurova, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ukraine +38-044-254-2450, yyurova@unicef.org

 

 
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