The missing of Ukraine’s sons
The conflict in Ukraine opposing pro-Russian separatists to Ukrainian forces since mid-2014 led to an increase of conscriptions, mainly of young men. Hundreds of them are now missing, supposedly dead but with no confirmation, putting their relatives in desperate situations as the truth on the fate of their sons is hard to obtain.
A situation causing many troubles to the Ukrainian government as no centralized database of missing troops has been established and as there was, for a long time, no identified authority designed to be responsible of the investigation.
Consequently, due to the inability and unpreparedness of the government to fulfill some of its basic duties during a war time, civil society has been organizing itself to take actions such as supplying armed forces with boots and bulletproof vests, negotiating prisoners exchanges and recovering the dead.
Mothers of soldiers neither dead nor alive are part of this civil movement, driven by the conviction that “being an unknown soldier in the 21st century is simply impossible” and determined either to burry them or to have them back home.
A fight complicated by the absence of infrastructures to receive relatives looking for their missing sons, the few identification methods put in place at first hand and the state of some bodies. Relying only on themselves and on contacts made with people in the same situation, some of these mothers went to pro-Russian cities looking for their sons’.
To learn more on the steps taken by these mothers, read the article on The Guardian website.
"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan