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Ukrainian exhibition at Igo Library aims to share the country’s history and culture

SAN ANTONIO – In an effort to further share their culture amid the ongoing Russian invasion, Ukrainian San Antonio has set up an exhibit inside the Igo Library on the northwest side.

“Here is my mother, she is in Kyiv. She, all the time she was in Kyiv, she never left and she is still here,” said Olenka Bravo, co-founder of the organization, showing the photo of his mother.

The photos on display tell the story of Ukraine.

“It’s very difficult to hear him on the phone when the sirens are on. And when I see his picture, it’s even harder,” Bravo said.

Members of the San Antonio Ukrainian worked with City Council leaders from Districts Four and Eight to secure this display set.

“This project concerns Ukraine. Exposure is, how do you say, is of the utmost importance in warfare,” Bravo said.

She explains that part of the attack on Ukraine is disinformation from the Russian side, saying that Ukraine was never its own nation and should belong to Russia.

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By showcasing decades-old photos and clothing, jewelry and other artifacts from different regions, Bravo hopes it will show the deep culture of their country.

“That way we have more evidence to show that we always were and still are who we are,” she said.

Her 9-year-old son, Albert, says he gets a mix of emotions watching the screen and talking about Ukraine.

“I want people to know what it’s going through right now, everything he had to go through,” Albert said.

Seeing his grandmother’s photo in particular breaks Albert’s heart.

“Imagine that your parents, your grandparents were every day that you didn’t know if they were alive or dead. Imagine, he said.

The display has no set time for how long it will be up.

If you’re looking for other ways to support Ukraine, Laika Cheesecake and Espresso is hosting another Sunday fundraiser at the Pearl Farmer’s Market from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Their latest fundraiser raised over $72,000 in March 2022.

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Rodney N.

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