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A Love Story from Kiev

Danya, a 5-year-old Ukrainian boy suffering from microcephaly, held by his father, Mikhail...taken by a Fellowship partner in Ukraine (Photo: Vladimir Shraga/JDC)

This photograph was taken in Kiev by a partner of The Fellowship, and shows Mikhail comforting his 5-year-old son Danya, who suffers from microcephaly. It also shows, says photographer Vladimir Shraga, the raw emotion felt and seen by those on the ground who carry out God's work on the part of our faithful supporters:

Two first days of my Ukraine trip have passed, and of course I'm full of impressions. The stories of the clients here are hard, especially those of the kids. I want to share with you just one picture which I've taken today and which probably better describes my current mood than any of my words could do.

I know this is heartbreaking. But do you know what came to my mind yesterday? I realised that actually I'm constantly shooting love stories here. And love behind the stories of families with disabled children is often much deeper than behind traditional love stories which people normally shoot before weddings.

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