I meet Zlata in a school in Ivano-Frankivsk which, like many Ukrainian schools, has been converted into a reception and accommodation center for displaced families. Zlata is 10 years old, she arrived with her mother from the city of Kharkiv in June 2022 and she never leaves her pink flamingo slippers.
Ksucha, 13 years old, arrived with her mom from Dnipro at the beginning of April 2022, with her mom, her two brothers and her dog, Richi, whom she is inseparable from.

Initially housed in a church in a small town in the Carpathians, Anastasia and Sergii were relocated in early fall to a shelter with other displaced families from the Donbass.
These two young girls, from the bombed territories of eastern Ukraine, are supervised by the Plast, this very popular scouting movement in Ukraine.

When I take this photo, the young girls are busy making camouflage nets, under the benevolent gaze of Plast volunteers.

Children from the bombed areas are the subject of very special attention, and many volunteers keep them busy with fun, sports or artistic workshops. A way to make them forget what they have seen and heard. And to restore to them this part of childhood lost in a few weeks.
Anastasia, 8 years old and Sergii, 9 years old arrived with their respective mothers from Mikolayv. They were evacuated in August 2022 after several schools in the city were destroyed by bombing.

Initially housed in a church in a small town in the Carpathians, Anastasia and Sergii were relocated in early fall to a shelter with other displaced families from the Donbass.
Svitozara, 11 years old and Eva, 7 years old, are all three children in care whose parents are either dead, deprived of their parental rights or still absent.

Originally from Donbass and evacuated from the cities of Dobropillya and Slaviansk in Donbass, they are now housed in a Reception Center in the Ivano-Frankivsk region with many other foster children or children with disabilities.

When I take this picture, they have just come out of a cooking class and are tasting the fruit of their recipe.
In this shelter in Ivan-Frankivsk oblast, the children are all placed by the Children's Aid. The disabilities that many of them have make it difficult to adopt them. Originally from the Donbass, they are all followed by various professionals (psychomotor therapist, kinesitherapist, etc.) and take part in collaborative workshops designed to help them better understand their environment (cooking, interaction with horses, etc.)
Oleksi, Ilya, Bassil, Svitozara, Eva and many other children from a shelter in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, meet on October 14, 2022 for a great national holiday that celebrates the Virgin Mary, and the soldiers, respectively protector and defenders of Ukraine. On this occasion, the children wear their traditional embroidered shirts and sing various religious and patriotic songs.
Nikita and her twin brother Artyom are 13 years old. They arrived from Kharkiv with their parents and pets within days of the start of the war. Faced with the intensification of the bombardments that hit Kharkiv, they had to resolve to leave the city in a crowded minibus provided by Ukrainian volunteers. Three days later, they arrived in Ivano-Frankivsk, where they now live in a small classroom with their parents, their dog and their cat.
Katya is 9 years old. Also from Bakhmut, in the Donbass, she is the little sister, also adopted with 4 other children or teenagers, of Bogdan. Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, October 2022

Mischievous and playful, Katya proudly waves a small Ukrainian flag and, as a parting gift, sings the Ukrainian anthem in chorus with her little friends.
Ruslan and Bogdan, two boys adopted by a foster family from Donbass, pose in a former Soviet-era school that has been closed for decades. Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, October 2022
Bogdan, 15 years old, is from Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. He arrived in April 2022 with his 8 brothers and sisters, 6 of whom are adopted, because of the nearby bombings. Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, October 2022
Mariana, 12 years old, arrived in a shelter in the Ivano-Frankivsk region in August 2022.

Along with her adoptive mother and 5 siblings, she comes from the city of Sloviansk, in the Donetsk region, which has been subjected to intense bombing.

Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, October 2022
Sofia, 12 years old, whom I photograph at the gymnastics club of Ivano-Frankivsk, arrived from Kramatorsk in August 2022.

She now lives in a village near Ivano-Frankivsk with 8 other people in a room with a common kitchen.

Her father, who stayed in Kramatorsk, is engaged in the Territorial Defense Forces. Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, October 2022
In this other Accommodation Centre of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, I meet Lisa, Maxime, Artem and Vlad, playing in an old bus. All of them arrived from Donbass region in the oblast of Ivano-Frankivsk in the last months. Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, October 2022
Vladidlav, 4 years old, arrived a week after the war started with his mother and grandmother from Kharkiv.

Since then, he has been living with other children and their families in a shelter in a small town in the Ivano-Frankivsk region.
Zlata, 7 ans, est arrivée avec sa maman et son frère jumeau en provenance de Zaporijia.

Son papa, resté à Zaporijia, a été appelé pour combattre au front.

Ils sont depuis hébergés dans un Centre d’Accueil avec d’autres familles déplacées dans la région d’Ivano-Frankivsk.
Tymofil, 5 years old, arrived from Borodianka in April 2022 with his parents, after the building in which their apartment was located was destroyed by a rocket.
Artem and Stefan are 4 and 8 years old, they arrived with their mother from Donetsk one
week after the start of the war. Artem and Stefan are playing hide and seek in the clothes collected by the Harmony Shelter association with a disarming carelessness.