|Title:||Yulia Chechiotkina, 27, a journalist from Avdeevka, Ukraine|
Yulia Chechiotkina, 27, is a journalist from Avdeevka, a town in the outskirts of Donetsk that has come under heavy fire. Most of the population have fled since the conflict began.
In June 2014, Yulia moved to Dnepropetrovsk and then to Kiev, after her pro-Ukraine political views made it dangerous for her to stay.
“In Donetsk my boss was one of the promoters of meetings supporting Ukraine so staying there became dangerous. I left before the rebels came in.”
Her mother and friends are still in Donetsk, struggling to survive amidst the conflict. Her grandparents and brother fled to Dnepropetrovsk three months ago after his girlfriend was badly injured following a fire caused by the shelling. She is still hospitalized and undergoing treatment.
“There are no words to describe what you feel knowing that your family is under fire, that they don’t have electricity, water, heating and are at not even a shelter nearby,” she said.
Yulia went back to her town of Avdeevka in August, November and January.
“Fortunately my house is still intact but the windows in my brother and grandmother’s flat, which is located near the checkpoint, are almost all gone.”
“My only hope is that my family can stay alive,” she said.
SUBJECTS: POLITICAL ACTIVISTS
|Tags:||ukraine, conflict, journalist, press, media, AIR2014_Events/Actions, AIR 2015, , #AIR15,|
|Copyright Type:||Amnesty International|
|Copyright Credit:||© Amnesty International|
|Date Photo or Video Created:||24/02/2015 10:05|
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