Sisters from Luhansk are overcoming their fears after life in the conflict zone
It was the first time that Galina* made a decision to consult a psychologist and seek help for her 6-year-old daughter Anna. After the girl saw her kindergarten bombed in Luhansk she refused to eat. Mom even made concessions and allowed Anna to eat her favorite sweets, in order to get her to eat at least something but it didn’t help. The girl was extremely worried about her kindergarten teachers and friends, she repeatedly asked: “What has happened to them? Will I ever see them again?” Despite Anna being so young, the memory of her hiding in the basement together with her mother and sister during the shelling is firmly stamped into her mind. And now, when the family has moved to a silent and peaceful, though unfamiliar, city, the girl sees her kindergarten and explosions on TV.
One boy’s journey of change and coping with crisis
Sashko* and his mom were leaving Luhansk in a deadly haste. They didn’t even manage to gather the necessary belongings and documents. The biggest loss was having to leave his cosy home, beloved school and closest friends. The 15-year-old teen hadn’t yet come to terms with having to give up his promising ballroom dancing career due to health issues. International competitions and hopes for a future as a professional dancer were over. And now another painful loss - having to flee to a different part of the country thousands of kilometres away from his home. As a result, Sashko closed off from the outside world, not willing to talk to anybody. It seemed to him that everything went completely wrong and that life had no sense.