Though slides can be happy symbols of childhood innocence, this bullet-ripped slide from a residential area in Ukraine represents the ugliest edges of humanity. With full approval from local government, it was brought from Irpin, a city on the doorstep of Kiev. Though this area has since been reclaimed by the Ukrainian military, Irpin and its citizens were ravaged by the conflict. Local officials estimate 300 civilians were killed while Russian forces occupied the area.
Thanks to our partners at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, we were able to show the public this terrible memento of war. The slide stands as a stark reminder of the crimes against humanity happening in our world. It isn't just some political conflict on the other side of the world. It's happening right now, and it's up to all of us to stop it.
In September 2022, we brought the slide to Washington D.C., in order to remind our nation's most powerful of the horrific reality that the people of Ukraine are facing. While the slide was there, a team of professionals ran diagnostics on it and confirmed that it serves as evidence of multiple war crimes. We plan on using the slide to raise funds and awareness for the people of Ukraine, and to protest the horrific human rights abuses that the Ukrainian people are facing as a result of the Russian invasion.