Why we should talk to victims - with Dutch writers visiting Ukraine

January 26, 2024
Yahidne is a Ukrainian village where the Russian army forced over 300 Ukrainians into a school basement and kept them for almost a month.

10 people died from suffocation and a lack of food and water. It was just one of Russia's countless war crimes during this war.

A group of Dutch writers visited Yahidne in December 2023 as part of a trip organized by PEN Ukraine with support from the Ukrainian Institute and the Prague Civil Society Centre.

We organized a discussion with them afterward to talk about war crimes, compassion, and solidarity.


  • Lisa Weeda – Dutch writer of Ukrainian origin, author of literary programs, screenwriter, and VR director.
  • Florian Jacobs – Dutch writer, director of the publishing department at the International School of Philosophy.
  • Jaap Scholten – Dutch writer and journalist. Author of a book about his journeys across Ukraine (Three Suitcases of Women’s Clothes and a Sniper). Founder of the charitable organization Defend Ukraine.
  • Manon Uphoff – Dutch author, screenwriter, and artist.

Host: Volodymyr Yermolenko, Ukrainian philosopher, chief editor of UkraineWorld and president of PEN Ukraine.

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