Lilija is 9 years old. She lives with her mother and her 4 younger siblings in her grandmother’s house near Mariinka (suburb west of Donetsk) in the shadow of a large slag heap, behind the front is. Their own home no longer exists. It was destroyed by Ukrainian artillery – in an area in which, according to the inhabitants, never were any military objects and not even now are.
We actually found absolutely nothing like that on the spot, neither current nor possibly remnants of old military positions. It is a pure civilian residential area.
From the shelling they hide in the basement, Lilija shows to us. On February 29, 2016, however, it would have been almost too late for the mother of 5 children. On the road, she was surprised and hurt by impacting missiles. Seeking cover again and again, she made it home, and only then noticed when taking off the jacket that she was hit by shrapnels. The blood ran out of her sleeve. However, the splitter scratched only, so that the injury was only slight. After a quick surgery in the hospital she could return home.
The mine, in which people have been working in the area is destroyed by bombs. The family receives 3,000 rubles (about 37.50 EUR) as support for the children. The humanitarian aid that was brought to them, comes from donations from Germany.
The father at the beginning of the war fled to Russia. That was almost 2 years ago. Since then they have not heard from him. Even those things happen there and it is not a unique case.
Lilija wants to become a teacher. And she sang for us. A Song for her Mama. We will hear Lilija singing in the movie.
Lilija and her family are among the „forgotten“ of the crises and wars in this world. Because they play no role in the media.
Because civilians and civilian victims only play a role in the Western media, if they somehow could pin the blame onto Russia. They are only worth a story when they „fit into concept“. Whether in the Donbass, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen …