In a piece that took eight months to report, Elissa Nadowrny and Claire Harbage trace what happened to one group of Ukrainian kindergarten children, scattered after war ravaged their country. It’s understated and moving, with some poignant photography to boot. These children “represent millions of children from Ukraine who have left and who have stayed.”

Of the 27 students in that green and yellow kindergarten class, ultimately, more than half would leave the country — driving south through Moldova or west into Poland. For some, it was easier. They had relatives abroad, preexisting plans to emigrate, or a destination in mind. For others, it was much harder: weeks or months living in refugee camps in Poland and Germany; constantly moving from one country to another in search of housing, jobs and stability.