The world has watched the tragedy in Ukraine unfold over the last eight days. Hundreds of reporters, photojournalists, videographers and ordinary citizens are risking their lives to document this major historical event.
This really is the heart beat of photography and cinematography. Telling stories that inspire change in our world so that atrocities of the past can be reconciled and present moments in history like in Ukraine can wake apathetic minds to the horrors that are still to prevalent in today’s world.
Photojournalists to Follow
The images and videos coming from Ukraine are incredible – scenes of disaster, heartache and amazing demonstrations of humans rising above unimaginable circumstances.
Here are a few photojournalists we recommend following:
Andriy Dubchak | Photojournalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Emilion Morenatti | Photojournalist for Associated Press
Erin Trieb | Contributor to National Geographic, New York Times and Smithsonian
Chris McGrath | Photojournalist for Getty Images
Lynsey Addorio | Photojournalist for New York Times
How You Can Help
One of the horrors of war now facing the world is the growing humanitarian crisis for refugees. More than one million people have fled Ukraine and sought refuge in neighboring countries, including Poland, Hungary and Romania.
There are organizations from around the world that are coming together to provide assistance (food, shelter, and additional resources) for those displaced because of the Russian invasion. The need is great – from food to shelter and other essential resources – and these groups have boots on the ground to directly help the refugees.
Here are a few trusted organizations that could use your help:
Direct Relief is responding directly to the crisis in Ukraine by providing emergency packs to field medics and providing additional medical support for Ukraine and surrounding countries currently receiving refugees.
Save the Children is working with migrants and asylum seekers in Romania to provide prepare and distribute essential items and set up safe spaces for children. The organization is also assessing the need to provide services in Poland and Lithuania.
Ukrainian Red Cross, in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross, works with water engineers and doctors to provide clean water to more than three million people. It also works to improve the living conditions of those who remain in Ukraine during the war.
These charities had high marks on Charity Navigator, a website that vets the finances of charity groups around the world. If you choose to give, please specify that your donation goes to Ukraine funding.