In February, my father committed suicide. This open letter is not a revenge for almost 25 years of fruitless mental health service, but a call for more empathy. The phone call I had feared for more than twenty years came on a cloudy Friday in February. “Your father has passed away.” Even before the word … Continue reading Wasn’t he just my father instead of a mentally disturbed person?
Exactly one year ago, I visited for the first time Ukraine. The country has left a mark on my heart and soul. I have experienced how a new generation is eagerly waiting to discover the world, but doesn’t have a clear perspective to do so. The feeling of neglect is setting in, as only few … Continue reading Ukraine’s feeling of neglect
In the first week of February, the war in Ukraine flared up again. The town of Avdiivka saw the worst outbreak of violence in several months. Since 2014, more than 10,000 people have been killed in Eastern Ukraine. But still nobody really knows what the fighting is about. At the end of November I visited … Continue reading A war full of paradoxes in Eastern Ukraine
During one month in summer I have volunteered as an English teacher in two Ukrainian regions. By exchanging thoughts with primary and secondary school children I have noticed that the gap between young people in Belgium and Ukraine is not as big as often is perceived. It has struck me how eager Ukraine’s youth is … Continue reading How volunteering in Ukraine has opened my eyes