The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation continues to collect stories as part of a unique project Voices of Peace Museum. It is a safe and confidential space where civilians in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, as well as IDPs, can for the first time openly tell their personal stories of the conflict and thus free themselves from the burden of silence. The Foundation’s psychologists take part in collecting Mirny’s testimony. They help heal the trauma of war, find peace, look to the future with hope.
– In the unique and largest in Ukraine online museum of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation “Voices of Peace” is stored more than 2,000 stories of peoplewho suffered as a result of the armed conflict in Donbass. The goal of the Foundation is to collect 100,000 such stories by 2025. On the Museum’s website, in the “History of Peace” section, you can read what was told by eyewitnesses, see photos with them and their relatives, photos of houses, yards, cities and villages after the shelling. The Foundation has recorded and stored on the Museum’s website a series of video and audio interviews with eyewitnesses. Also, everyone who comes can organize the materials by date and name of the settlement, get acquainted with the events that occurred at a particular time and in a particular geographical point. A separate section contains essays, pictures of artifacts and drawings of children who dream of peace. Every story, human destiny, life that lasts with faith in a happy “tomorrow” and hope for peace is important for Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation, – said Natalia Yemchenko, a member of the Foundation’s Supervisory Board.
Experts have already noted the importance of opening such an online museum.
– It is impossible to complete the picture of events if we focus on the optics of war only in terms of tanks, guns, heroic deeds of soldiers … The view of the people against whom these submachine guns and guns operate is important. It is important that people tell their stories and experiences. We now have a unique opportunity to collect these stories for the sake of our grandchildren and children. I wish the team working on this project to overcome this challenge, – said the director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Anton Drobovych.
Among the stories of the Museum is the fate of Hanna Wojtyk from Talakivka.
“Mom died.” She was a group III disabled person. When the war began, she recovered from all diseases. She died of a stroke. The son grew up immediately after the death of his grandmother. He started doing something at home. As soon as I get sick, I go to the hospital myself, so that, God forbid, nothing happens to me. My dream is for the children not to see all this horror, for them not to be afraid and for us not to be afraid to let them out. I want my house to be quiet and cozy. Not to be afraid to live on. And to know what will happen tomorrow, – says the woman.
Voices of Peace Museum Is the first and largest in Ukraine archive of stories of civilians of Donbass who suffered as a result of the armed conflict in the east of the country. Each first-person story tells the pain of those who were forced to hide from the bombings and shelling of their children and the elderly, who had to flee, leaving their homes and becoming displaced persons. It is important for the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation to document and preserve every story so that such human tragedies never happen again, in the name of a better future, in the name of peace.
The mission of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is to provide assistance where it is most needed, to reach out to those for whose fate it is extremely important, to carry out a systematic fight against systemic problems. This is the large-scale work that The fund has been operating for 15 years and which will be carried out for the sake of the future.
You should also find out about your story! Tell her to the world! Follow the link https://civilvoicesmuseum.org/my-story and fill out a small questionnaire to contribute to memory preservation.
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