Ukrainian refugee stories are being forgotten. This Canadian writer is on a mission to tell them

Refugees from Ukraine arrive by foot across the Polish border in March 2022. (Photo courtesy of European Union/Flickr Creative Commons)

On Sept. 3, Ukraine’s defence minister, Oleksii Reznikov, who has stood at the helm of the country’s protracted war with Russia since Day 1, announced his resignation. If you missed the news, you wouldn’t be alone; with the war heading into its third year in a few months, global attention has drifted away. Clear media narratives and easily digestible stories have fallen wayside since the conflict began in February 2022.

A new book aims to recall some of the humanity that’s been lost in this inhumane struggle. Ukrainian Portraits, by Canadian writer, journalist and professor Marina Sonkina, focuses on human-scale stories she gathered at a refugee centre on the Polish border, which was set up by the Joint Distribution Committee, one of the world’s largest and oldest Jewish humanitarian organizations. Sonkina joins The CJN Daily to relay these stories that so easily get lost in the fog of war.


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