The open-air photo exhibition Water under Fire was opened on Sagaydachnogo Street (pedestrian aria) in Kyiv with the support of United Nations Children Found and German Government.
The project showcases hidden threats from the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine including damage to critical water infrastructure, which endangers the lives of millions of people every day.
Every day, over 3.6 million people in conflict-affected Donetsk and Luhansk regions are threatened with losing their access to safe drinking water. Continuous direct and indirect shelling of essential infrastructure hinders people’s access to water. Over 30 water workers have been killed or injured since the beginning of the conflict. In 2018 alone, water supply systems were disrupted 89 times by the ongoing hostilities. Lack of clean water and proper sanitation gravely affect children and their future.
With support from the Government of Germany, UNICEF and its partners are providing emergency assistance, and carrying out critical repairs and upgrades to keep water running in eastern Ukraine.
The exhibition features pictures by Ashley Gilbertson and Christopher Morris, who are renowned for their keen eye for social issues in conflict zones. At the invitation of UNICEF they travelled to eastern Ukraine. They documented children’s life near the “contact line” and challenges faced by water workers to keep water running for civilians on both sides of the “contact line.”
The photo exhibition will be open to public from 22 March until 5 April on Sagaydachnogo Street (pedestrian area).
Ashley Gilbertson is an Australian photographer. He is known for his images of the Iraq War and the effects of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on returning veterans and their families.
Christopher Morris is an American photojournalist. He began his career as a documentary conflict photographer working almost exclusively for Time magazine. He is also known for being a White House photographer and a film director.
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