CNEWA calls on immediate support for Ukrainians displaced by war
May 22, 2015
Ottawa, Ontario, May 25, 2015 – According to the United Nations, there are more than one million displaced people in Ukraine and another half a million seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Despite a ceasefire, daily violence remains a constant, with the death toll increasing and more families fleeing to save their lives from oppressive pro-Kremlin forces. The fear that a major conflict will erupt at any moment is high.
“We received dramatic calls for help from the local Catholic church and its relief organization Caritas Ukraine that provides care for desperate families forced to escape the conflict zones of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” said Carl Hétu, National Director of CNEWA Canada. “These people were already very poor, but now they’ve lost their homes, their church, their way of life and don’t know if they will ever be able to go back.”
“The Ukrainian people have gone through so much violence in their history and just when peace and hope seemed within their grasp, Russian aggression, once again, is trying to stop this dream from coming true,” said Winnipeg's Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop Lawrence Huculak, who is a CNEWA Canada board member. “I invite the Canadian population to be generous in helping these frightened people in need of shelter and basic supplies who, above all, need to regain their dignity and hope in these turbulent times.”
Through their actions of the past year, the Ukrainian people have taken their destiny in their own hands and made a commitment to build a truly democratic and inclusive country that embraces its ethnic and religious diversity, added Hétu. “However the military threat from Russia and pro-Russian forces is threatening the future of Ukraine and has caused great suffering to innocent families.”
Canadians interested in making donations to help CNEWA and its partners in Ukraine are invited to do so by visiting www.cnewa.ca or to write a cheque to CNEWA Canada (Marked Emergency Ukraine) at 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 6K9 or by phone at 1-866-322-4441. As a registered charity, CNEWA will issue a tax receipt.