live via Instagram and TikTok, even among refugees

The first thing you do when crossing the border is send a message by Telegram to his brother. Victoria, 32, managed to cross into Moldova and flee the war in Ukraine. A few miles away, rock, 16, is about to embark with his family on a long trip to Georgia. He talks to his friends about instagram How do you plan to get there? “They want to know how we are going to do it because maybe they will do the same thing and leave the country.” Lyubov31 years old, does the same route but in the opposite direction.

He left Georgia to return to Odessa, his hometown. She doesn’t take her cell phone off because friends are waiting on the other side to take her home. “I have to let them know when I’m going to cross,” he said.

The lives of these people will take very different paths, but they have one thing in common. On this trip to or from Ukraine, mobile phones will almost be the protagonists of your story. All three are victims of a war that has forced more than 3 million people to flee their homes. More than 300,000 decided to cross the border from Ukraine to Moldova From there, continue your way to other European cities or stay in the capital, Chisinau.

Viktoria looks on the map where exactly this city is, to which she will go by bus from the Palanca border, one of the busiest at the moment due to its proximity to the Odessa region. Then he responds to his brother to explain to him that they are queuing while waiting for the departure of the bus, which will be the start of a journey of which they do not know how long it will last. Her life won’t be what it used to be, but she says she doesn’t feel alone. “I’m here with my family but I also see how my friends are improving every day. I see it on Instagram, in your stories“, he explains to hypertextual.

instagram it has become a bittersweet social network for Viktoria. For one, you can see firsthand that your contacts and friends are alive. But also how the violence is intensifying in Nikolaev, a town 65 kilometers from the Black Sea. “Videos of the attacks are published because the Russians cannot see what they are doing in my country. Everyone needs to see what’s going on.”