When intense fighting broke out in 2014 near Svetlana Kozlova’s apartment in Donetsk, where she was raising her newborn daughter, she didn’t want to leave. But when a mortar attack blew out the windows, she packed her family’s bags and they fled for their lives within the hour.
The IDP centre in Kharkiv, east Ukraine. Photograph - Ty Faruki
Five years later she is one of 300 people still living in grey container blocks erected on the outskirts of Ukraine’s second city of Kharkiv to house – supposedly temporarily – the flow of internally displaced people (IDPs) escaping conflict in the country’s eastern region.
This story sought to shine a light on an under-reported issue – of the IDPs – many children, elderly or disabled people – left without a home in and around Kharkiv due to the ongoing conflict in east Ukraine. Published in 2019 in The New Humanitarian. Images (c) Ty Faruki.