Ukrainians Are Holding Clean-Up Raves To Encourage People To Rebuild Their Communities
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While it’s not the usual activity you'd see at a day sesh, young Ukrainians are sweeping up debris while bopping along to some banger tunes in the village of Yahidne in Chernihiv Raion, according to Metro.
Almost 200 volunteers helped rebuild the village as DJ Oleksandr Buchinskiy spun the decks to get them into the party spirit.
Many Ukrainians lending a hand are in their 20 and 30s and have reportedly travelled up to two hours to give up their time.
Some volunteers have even travelled from abroad, with many hailing from countries including Germany, Portugal and the US.
The events have been facilitated by Ukraine’s Repair Together, a youth organisation mainly comprised of Kyiv volunteers travelling around the eastern European country.
Volunteer Tatyana Byrianova told Associated Press: "We came here and wanted to support people who survived after the Russian occupation.
"In Kyiv it was a normal situation, but here it was really awful. People left their homes, and their houses were broken, a lot of houses were ruined.
"We wanted to help them rebuild, fix their houses and clean the territory."
She added: “We miss (parties) and we want to come back to normal life, but our normal life now is volunteering.”
The ‘techno clean-up’ is the organisation’s eighth event, and so far, they have helped restore the centre and 15 homes, according to ABC News.
In April, The Guardian reported that Russian soldiers trapped more than 300 Ukrainians in a school basement in Yahidne for almost a month while they scrambled for food and water.
Hostages used the leading door into the basement to keep track of people trapped in the building.
A death count was scribbled on the door, recording the people who had perished due to poor conditions and those shot dead by Russian arms.
One of the hostages, 73-year-old mother, Valentyna told The New York Times: “Three people died around me.”
She added: “I spent 30 days just like this, hardly moving.
“Twice, I lost consciousness because of the lack of oxygen, but my son banged on the door to get me out.
"Thank God I survived.”