This curation of photographs comes from one place, via one photographer, and it offers something rare: a spirit-lifting story from Ukraine.
Each of these pictures was taken at the 7Fields summer camp near Zalissia National Nature Park, just outside the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. The camp has provided a haven for children of families displaced from other parts of Ukraine since the Russian invasion — people who have fled their homes but chosen to remain in the country. It’s one of several efforts to care for children in these circumstances; 7Fields aims to support 300 children between the ages of 7 and 15. The overall figure of displaced Ukrainians is more than 6 million.
The kids at 7Fields spend their days as any other campers might — swimming, playing tennis and soccer, taking classes in chess and arts and crafts, and so forth. Unlike most summer campers around the world, there are regular therapy sessions as well.
Thanks to Alexey Furman for his evocative photos.