Ukraine’s frontline children yearn for return to classroom
Iryna and her daughter, third-grader Arina, stand in a playground after an online reading class in Sloviansk, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, December 20, 2023. Ukrainian third-grade student Arina has had just over 1,5 months of in-class schooling because of the war that poses the regular threat of Russian air strikes on schools. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Arina Herasymova, a third-grader from Ukraine, sits alone in her bedroom, staring at her teacher and classmates on a screen.
“I’d like to go to school and take lessons.” “I want to play with my friends during recess, not sit at home,” she explained.