Mykolka’s NOW is the stark reality children are innocent and tragic casualties of ideological wars.
These wars are happening even as most continue to celebrate Christmas enjoying ourselves in the company of our families and friends, we are the lucky ones.
Our WP weekly photo challenge depicted beautiful little children all happy selves snug in their safe environment their parents provide. These children will no doubt have a pampered “middle-class” life because they live in the USA, Canada, or other western “free” countries.
As I mentioned in my first few words, there is a world around us where things are entirely different and tragic for many particularly children. MY pictures show a little fellow, six years old, that until about a year ago was just a regular,fun-loving little boy until he and his brother Danyo found an unexploded Russian terrorist mortar bomb or grenade.
Mykolka (Mykola, his real name) is from eastern Ukraine and he is now a multiple amputee who sits helplessly in a wheelchair after losing both legs and his right arm. He probably has constant flashback nightmares (PTSD) about that day when everything changed for him and his little friends. His brother if I recall correctly, died in that explosion torn to bits.
Months earlier I read the story on the Internet about what happened to him and how Canadian doctors on a humanitarian mission to Ukraine to help save lives found him recovering in a hospital after being critically wounded.
They have operated on scores of both service people and civilians wounded by Putin’s undeclared “frozen” war with Ukraine that so far has caused 10,000 casualties including some 2000 Russian army dead.
This group of doctors funded (money out their own pockets) Mykolka and his mother’s voyage to Toronto, Canada because of the superior rehabilitation resources available in Canada.
Apparently, this little fella is a real fighter and despite his situation remains very positive something the Canadian doctors and medical staff quickly noticed and why they treated him in Ukraine and qualified him for his trip to Canada.
I had the opportunity to see Mykolka and his mother when they came to Montreal and visited Canadian Ukrainian Churches in the Montreal area.
This little fellow will need a lot of care during his lifetime and every little bit of financial help put into a fund allowing him a “normal” life in Ukraine when he returns there after his rehabilitation and fit up with artificial limbs.
This story is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge “NOW”.
There is more to this story now (February 1, 2016), a Bell Media/CTV report on this war crippled child and it can be found here.