It takes a day for Olena Brovchenko to hear children recount the atrocities they have witnessed. It takes another two, she added, to recover from what the boys and girls who lived through the horrors of Bucha have told her.
“We were sitting around the table and a boy who had been living in Bucha said quite matter-of-factly: ‘My mum was killed in front of me. Then my grandmother had a heart attack and died because of the pain she was in after my mother was killed’,” Brovchenko said as she swallowed heavily. “Another little girl in Bucha saw all of the dead bodies in the streets.”