An Educational Game About the Lives of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ukraine
Shelling, destruction, repressions — unlike those who are moving to a different city or country looking for a better life, people are leaving the ATO zone [the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, which are not under the control of the Ukrainian Government] because they have to. We are asking you to put yourself in their shoes.
Since spring 2014, about 1.5 million people left the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. There are over 220,000 IDPs currently living in Kyiv city and Kyiv oblast only. They had to start everything over again, having left their property, jobs, and friends and family behind.
Liaison Officers (RADNYK) Programme is a project implemented by the Canadian non-governmental organization Stabilization Support Services and funded by the British Embassy in Ukraine. Since 2015, the representatives of this programme are helping to establish cooperation between the state, the general public, and IDPs from the ATO zone and Crimea.
IDPs face negative attitudes directed towards them all the time — the attitude ranges from not understanding, to being openly aggressive.To try to change the attitude towards them, the Liaison Officers (RADNYK) Programme in cooperation with Bird in Flight have prepared a quest that helps participants put themselves in an IDP’s shoes.
Illustrations: Olia Hordiyenko
You live in Donetsk city. You task is to leave this region, while not losing all your money, time, and mental energy.