Clean water, roll mats, blankets, fire extinguishers - a short list of things the Organization brings to frontline schools
Fire extinguishers, roll mats and flashlights - these are the presents the Red Cross bring to a school in the so-called gray zone, in Krasnogorivka. Local pupils are used to shellings, they know what it is like - to spend long hours underground instead of in a classroom. Their school is often used as a bomb shelter, so now it's in much need of some renovation before winter comes. One of the classrooms has a huge hole from an armour-piercing projectile that hit the school in June, it was by mere chance the kids were on holiday.
"Strange as it sounds, I am grateful. Nothing exploded, there wasn't any flame, just this... hole", the school principal says.
After this incident all the windows were covered with protective film - it doesn't let the shrapnel scatter. The corridor windows have sandbags simply piled up against them.
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"If they shoot, the broken glass will not fly everywhere"
"What should you do during a shelling? - Well, run to the basement, what else?"
The Red Cross brings water, roll mats, blankets along with other much-needed items - to put in the basement ready for the next winter. Instead of math tasks, these children learn drills on how to behave during a war, deliver first aid and - not to panic.
All of them have already seen blood, wounds and sometimes even death.
"Shock, panic... I remember when the shell first hit us"
"I heard this strange sound "
"I screamed because it was impossible to bear. All the windows were shattered, I crawled to the basement over glass pieces. My dad was outside and worried".
Here children are taught how to evacuate, plus what they must not touch under any circumstances.
"A round stone"
"A teddy bear. It could have a grenade inside"
"My friend picked up a teddy, her father grabbed it, but the bear exploded in his hands".
They know how the war sounds and how it looks like. Yet, everybody wants to remember - remember what they thought and how they played happily as a child before all this bloodshed started.