KYIV, Ukraine (Nov. 30, 2016) – “We are Afraid of the Silence” is based on field research conducted in Ukraine between June and October 2016. Our research in the area near the contact line examined actions by the various warring parties that impact civilians and how civilians perceive security forces’ efforts at protection. Finally, it recommends ways for the warring parties and the international community to address civilian protection needs.
To accompany the report, CIVIC is also releasing a short documentary, “Lives on the Line,” by Ukrainian filmmaker Iryna Solomko. This 6-minute documentary tells the stories of civilians who have been living in an active conflict zone for over two years, and is available here.