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    Posted December 4, 2014 by
    MaiaKiev
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    Houses and Lives Destroyed by War

     
    Marya was watching TV in her living room when a bomb came through the roof of her house destroying half of it, blowing out windows in the remaining rooms and neighbours' houses. The explosion started fire. Firemen said that Marya was lucky to be alive.

    Marya has no money to rebuild her house. Neighbours helped to put some windows in. Other windows are just barricaded by bricks. The house is almost as cold as it is outside. Temperatures last night were – 18C.

    “I am 77. I saw war when I was young, but it was Germans who were attacking us, bombing our houses. My father was in the Soviet Army fighting shoulder to shoulder with Russians against invading Germans! Now it’s Russians, our brothers, who are attacking us. I never thought that by the end of my life I would become homeless and go to bed hungry!” says Marya.

    Her house is one of many that have been destroyed by regular bombings coming from the direction of Donetsk, which is occupied by pro-Russian separatists, Russian mercenaries and Russian army.
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