People live here (Leute leben hier)
Exhibition at PANDA, daily from 17.09. till 17.11.2019
“People live here”. This is what people who lived along the contact line wrote on their gates back in April 2014, when hostilities in eastern Ukraine began. These few words were a warning for the military to avoid shelling, or settling into their homes…
Five years later, these inscriptions still hold true.
Amid continuous fighting, which has often deprived people of one of life’s essentials – water, people live here, still.
The Donbas area is highly industrialised, yet it has always been classified as water scarce. This is why engineers in the 1950s designed a massive water system carrying water more than 300 km, all the way from the Siverskyi Donets river, to Mariupol city. Prior to the conflict the system was already around 70 years old, with over-designed pumps, and pipelines that needed replacing. Since conflict started, lack of access for repairs, damage caused by shelling and explosions, and the difficult economic situation in eastern Ukraine now mean that water supply to 3.2 million people hangs in the balance.
Albert Lores on assignment for a group of NGOs working in the water sector in eastern Ukraine developed this photo project.
Eintritt frei / Free entrance