By: Taya Stewart
As many may know, Ukraine and Russia are currently in the middle of a war.
However, what many may not know is that the war has been going on since early 2014. Conflict strongly escalated, though, when Russia launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine in February of 2022.
Lisa Zwicker, Assistant Professor of History, offered a chance for her World War I class to grasp a better understanding of the situation. The class was able to attend a Zoom meeting with Professor Kamil Kamek from Poland on Nov. 14, where students could hear about Kamek’s background, as well as the daily situations during the war and its progressions.
Kamil explained that through the money he earns from his work online, he is able to volunteer running supplies, such as medicine, food and clothing to the soldiers and civilians in the areas at war.
Kamek explained to students that the situation is much worse in person, where children and women are being physically and sexually abused. He also mentioned that many are dying from illnesses due to hospitals being destroyed.
“War does not make people better,” Kamek said.
He placed emphasis on the fact that long-term effects and trauma will stay with the soldiers and civilians.
“I felt today’s class will forever leave an impact on my life as a student and as a person. We has the opportunity to experience some of the war…in a way we would have never been able to otherwise, and for that I am grateful,” Christian Derda, student, said.