On Life and Death

I wrote a big piece about the events in LPR, then erased it.
Too many emotions–I was remembering ’14, ’15.
It’s better I tell you about the Novosvetlovka hospice again.
This village was one of the most damaged during this war.
During the summer of ’14 it was nearly wiped off the surface of the earth. There was hard fighting. On every street there were many burned out tanks and APCs. Dozens of ruins where houses used to be. So many stories about marauders, about the locals whom the Aidar Battalion herded into the church. Many of the surviving houses were utterly looted.
The church, incidentally, has been restored. Many of the damaged homes were rebuilt too. Ukraine played no part in it at all, even though it still views this territory as its own but at the same time is refusing to pay even the pensions to people who for all these years worked and paid taxes into its budget.
The hospital’s maternity ward that was hit by many shells and in whose cellars many of the villagers were surviving, a hospice was opened in ’16. I write about it from time to time.

The hospice is not large. The number of patients fluctuates. It has about 25 beds.
Right now the hospitals and retirement homes are being well supplied with food. But not so well with personal care items or disposable diapers.
Since almost none are being issued, nurses and caregivers are doing what they can. Some are provided by the relatives of the patients.
Otherwise they have to use ordinary diapers. Which means bed sores, skin irritations, smell, and constantly doing laundry.
Disposable diapers are worth their weight in gold.
Nearly all of the workers here spent the hell of ’14 in the village. And when you ask them where they were, they respond by laughing wearily.
The title says “about life and death”. It might seem odd, since we’re talking about hospice so therefore it’s about death.
But I think that any aid has to do with life.
As is the fact that LPR is opening new hospital wards, even like this one, which also has to do with life.
Wherever there’s death, there’s life. And vice versa.PA311791.JPG
Our humanitarian aid. Unfortunately, we were not able to bring a lot of things. The hospice called us on the day of our departure so were were not able to buy everything–stores were empty.
But even that small quality was a cause for celebration among the workers.
Thanks to everyone who is participating in our aid effort!

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