The small Ukrainian town of Yahidne is being cleared of remnants of Russian invasion and rebuilt by young volunteers to the soundtrack of house and techno music.
Since the last days of February, Eastern Ukraine has experienced unrelenting shelling and occupation by Russian soldiers. Even the country’s smallest and least populated towns have not been exempt from this reality.
Located in the North East, Yahidne is home to just 300 people, but was targeted by opposition forces in March. Residents were bombarded and held captive in a local basement cellar and the town’s village culture centre – along with numerous other buildings – were all but destroyed by Putin’s rockets.
Today, the area is no longer occupied, but evidence of the invasion is visible through the ruins. In efforts to rebuild the town, over 200 young volunteers from the community organisation Repair Together have banded together to shovel the rubble, clear debris, and repair buildings.
But this is no usual post-war recovery project. In the true spirit of young people, local DJs and lovers of the dance scene are rebuilding to the soundtrack of techno and house music – a ‘clean-up rave’ if you will.
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