We are currently running a campaign to raise money for Ukrain.
The money will go to the 11 organisations behind the Giro555 appeal to supply accommodation, medical care and clean water to people fleeing the war. Yet we still feel like we are unable to act fully effectively.
Writing a preface with meaning to this blog, realising the privileged position we have here in The Netherlands, all feels somewhat complicated. Like many, we feel the urge to act, to help, to do something that makes sense.
The sky over Kyiv. (photo: Yevgenia Belorusets)
Raising money with the help of our incredible community and customers is great, especially considering we have raised over 13.000 euros in just a week with the profit of our blue and yellow bags.
But still... it feels like... it's the least we can do and it's nothing compared to (for example) people who drive to the Ukrainian border to pick up refugees and offer them a place to stay. While in search of other ways to support, we'd like to shed light on The War Diary of Yevgenia Belorusets. This diary is updated each day at 4 pm and provides an insight into Yevgenia's daily observations on the streets of Kyiv. It's an alternative angle from the often-repeated and sometimes numbing news streams from all the different media channels.
Yevgenia Belorusets is a photojournalist and writer based in Kyiv. She has been one of the great documentarians of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict since 2014, winning the International Literature Prize for her work. Her diary provides the news from a different vantage. The diary is updated each day at 4 pm EST and published by ISOLARII.
If you have any other personal diaries/stories that you recommend reading and we can share, please share them with us and drop a DM in our social media accounts.
Read the War Diary
Read the interview on Deutsche Welle with Yevgenia Belorusets.
Visit the website of Yevgenia Belorusets
From Diary Day 11:
At the beginning of the war, Polina Veller, an artist and designer from Kyiv, made masks out of yellow and blue plastic cable ties.
They look like strange veils.
(photo: Yevgenia Belorusets)