The military conflict in Ukraine’s east has driven thousands of Donbas residents out of their homes, seeking safer abodes and better fortunes in other places across the country. Now they are called ‘internally displaced’, or IDPs, and many of them, literally, have to start their lives from scratch. And it is even more difficult for those families with children. In addition to financial hardship, many families must also cope with the psychological effects the war has had on their children. When the state fails in tackling these deeply emotional issues, volunteers come forward to help.
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Civilians and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ukraine are using Vkontakte (a Russia-based network akin to Facebook) to share problems and concerns, communicate with the “opposite side” in the Ukrainian conflict and explore options for peace building, after nearly three years of conflict.
A survey of 1,003 IDPs and 1,500 members of host communities in Ukraine was conducted in July-August 2016 by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology on behalf of Internews in Ukraine with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada, as part of the project “Strengthening Conflict-affected Community Communication (SCCC) for Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine.” The two-year SCCC project empowers local media to better cover humanitarian issues, better inform IDPs of their rights, and provide channels of communication between IDPs and communities throughout Ukraine that are hosting
The Internews annual media consumption survey shows more Ukrainians searching for news online and fewer getting their news from television. Trust in Ukrainian online media is also up, matching the trend in greater consumption. The survey also shows that Ukrainians are consuming Russian media far less than they did last year, and that trust in Russian media continues to decline.
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Internews highlights two film series commissioned to document how Ukrainians are coping in the face of Russian hostility.
Displaced tells in 12 parts the stories of internally displaced Ukrainians, each story personal and universal at the same time.
Return documents volunteers and war veterans who must overcome serious physical and mental injuries sustained during the conflict and the courage they display every step of the way to resuming their lives as productive citizens.