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A photo by Maryna Semenkova. It shows a city street in Ukraine at night, with a Russian tank sitting across the road.

Daily Helping for February 19th, 2023 – Maryna Semenkova – The Last 4 Days of February: Diary

It’s been almost a year since Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine and started the biggest war in Europe since World War II. A year since the decision of one madman changed the lives of millions overnight. A year of unspeakable suffering, not just in Ukraine, but around the world. It’s been almost a year, and perhaps the worst part about it all is that there’s no end in sight.

But despite this, I do have hope that this senseless war will end some day. And I know that Ukraine will rebuild itself and be stronger than ever. But what happened this past year must never be forgotten. Which is why I found this photography collection by Maryna Semenkova so moving. Just over a year ago she was forced to flee her home. But amidst what I can only imagine was a horrifying experience, she documented her journey. And the resulting photos are hauntingly beautiful.

I have often wondered during this past year what I would do if I suddenly had to abandon my home. I’ve wondered what I would take with me and what I would leave behind. Where I would go. Who I would turn to for help. It’s terrifying to think about, and I hate that millions of people around the world face this situation every year. Who knows when it will be my turn.

All I know is that I’m positive I will not have the wherewithal to create art in the midst of that horror. But artists often do. They sometimes record history far better than any official record, and I will forever be grateful for that.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!