Inevitably the news hit the village in Brovary like a lightning bolt. “Children do not live in a vacuum - they go to school and they watch TV and they hear about the situation in Kiev. They asked why people are being killed,” Valya says. “We explained as well as we could and our main aim was to keep the youngsters in the village; otherwise they would have gone there, to the Maidan Square” [the epicentre of anti-government protests in Kiev].
Girl at SOS Children's Village Brovary, Archive 2013.