Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ongoing war in Ukraine turns 1.7 million people into refugees - CBC

by Michael Colborne
Originally published: June 27, 2016
Publisher: CBC.ca 

'Internally displaced persons' struggle to find new homes and jobs in their own country

Most 16-year-olds spend their summers working behind a counter, hanging out with their friends and maybe sneaking out to a party or two. Maria Semenenko got to spend hers fleeing her hometown.​

Semenenko, now 18, is from Donetsk, the still-burning hot spot of the war between Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels. The conflict has claimed nearly 9,400 lives since 2014, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Despite the fact that there's a nominal ceasefire in place, military and civilian casualties continue to mount in eastern Ukraine, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says.