You Don’t Know What War Is


Everyone knows the word ‘war’. But very few understand what it truly means. when you find you have to face it, you feel totally lost, walled in by fright and despair. Until you’ve been there, you don’t know what war is. This is the gripping, urgent and moving diary of 12-year-old Ukrainian refugee Yeva Skalietska. On 24th February 2022, Yeva’s life changed forever. She was woken in the early hours to the terrifying sounds of shelling. Russia had invaded Ukraine, and her beloved Kharkiv home was no longer the safe haven it should be. It was while she and her Granny were forced to seek shelter in a damp, cramped basement that Yeva decided to write down her story. And it is a story that the world needs to hear.

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