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In 1992, a musician in Sarajevo sat at a bakery with his cello. The store was in ruins and covered with flowers for the lives lost in unexpected explosion amid a siege of the city. Sitting down, Vedran Smailovic held his bow over cello strings, and began to play. Today, as war in Ukraine rounds out three devastating weeks, songs of humanity flow in response around the world -- providing windows of resilience from singing hearts out in bomb shelters, to coding relief websites in a matter of days, to cooking food with love and unity, and beyond.

YOUTH

Ukranian Child Lifts Spirits Singing 'Let It Go' Inside Bomb Shelter

Ukranian Child Lifts Spirits Singing 'Let It Go' Inside Bomb Shelter

Tomislav Jakupec | Pixabay

Inside a bomb shelter in Ukraine -- crammed tight with elders, adults, and children -- young Amelia let the resonance of her voice fill the long room. Singing the Disney song, "Let It Go," anxieties were soon dispelled, replaced by the purity of a child's voice and hopeful stares. The video quickly went viral, with the song's original songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez tweeting: "Dear Little Girl with the beautiful voice, My husband and I wrote this song as part of a story about healing a family in pain. The way you sing it is like a magic trick that spreads the light in your heart and heals everyone who hears it. Keep singing! We are listening!" Read Full Story.

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ARTS

Man Travels 5000 Miles To Play His Piano For Ukrainian Refugees

Man Travels 5000 Miles To Play His Piano For Ukrainian Refugees

Harry Horstmann | Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

Davide Martello, a 40 year-old Italian, who lives in Germany and aims at promoting peace using his music, traveled more than 5,000 miles with his baby grand piano on wheels to bring some musical joy to Ukrainians refugees arriving at the Polish border. In this lovely video, a woman sits down at the piano and plays music, using sheet music she carries with her on her mobile phone. Read Full Story.

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EVERYDAY HEROES

Russian Chef Joins Forces With Ukrainian Best Friend To Serve Food Across Frontiers

Russian Chef Joins Forces With Ukrainian Best Friend To Serve Food Across Frontiers

Marjan Blan | Unsplash

Alissa Timoshkina was brought up on a "beautiful diet" of Ukrainian and Russian dishes; her great-grandmother was a Ukrainian Holocaust survivor who emigrated to Siberia following the second world war. Now, the Russian chef has joined forces with her Ukrainian best friend, Olia Hercules, in a show of unity in the face of war. The London-based pair are the force behind Cook for Ukraine, an initiative that uses food to raise awareness about the conflict and funds to support the humanitarian effort. Modeled on Cook for Syria, the charity culinary movement that went global in 2016, the campaign encourages everyone to celebrate Ukrainian and eastern European culture by cooking traditional meals and possibly donating to a JustGiving page. "When you put a relatable message forward with human faces and things people can physically relate to, like food, we're really hoping the message will be a lot more long-lived and people will sustain their interest. It's an aim to get really close to people's hearts and stomachs," said Timoshkina. Read Full Story.

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YOUTH

Students Create Website To Streamline Housing For Ukrainian Refugees

Students Create Website To Streamline Housing For Ukrainian Refugees

Mian Shahzad Raza

Two Harvard freshmen, Avi Schiffmann and Marco Burstein, spent three sleepless nights designed a website from scratch for Ukrainian. Drawing upon their web developing skills and social media base, the two created a streamlined process where refugees could type in the nearest city and find immediate housing results. The website, translated into dozens of languages, has over 7,000 listings all across Europe. Schiffman and Burstein were struck by how many people, from user experience testers, cyber security experts, translators, and the thousands of people offering their homes, that made the effort possible. "We're really blown away by the response, not just for refugees, but from everyone who is trying to help in this situation," said Burstein. Read Full Story.

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Ukraine's 'Cellar Violinist' Lifts Spirits For Those Sheltering From Bombs

Ukraine's 'Cellar Violinist' Lifts Spirits For Those Sheltering From Bombs

Lucia Macedo | Unsplash

Violinist Vera Lytovchenko has become an internet icon of resilience as videos of her impromptu bomb shelter concerts have inspired an international audience via social media. Lytovchenko, who before the war played for the Kharkiv City Opera Orchestra, started holding small concerts playing Vivaldi and some folk songs to try and lift the spirits of her cellar mates. Videos of her concerts have now been viewed by more than 40,000 people. "All these people are my brothers and sisters now," she said. "I was trying to make them think about something and not about the war for some minutes while I'm playing." Read Full Story.

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