Today we remember and pray.

November 26, 2014

On Saturday, November 22, 2014 Ukrainian community gathered at Winnipeg City Hall to pray for the victims of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine.The Holodomor is the name given to the genocide by famine that occurred in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933. As many as 10 million Ukrainians perished as victims of a man-made famine under Joseph Stalin’s regime, with 25,000 dying each day at the peak of the famine. It was not a famine caused by natural disasters, a crop shortage or drought. It was an artificially engineered famine, a cheap tool for killing people. The name Holodomor is the Ukrainian word for “death inflicted by starvation” derived from two words, “holod” – starvation/famine and “mor” – death. Let us remember that this year Ukraine and the world will commemorate the 81th memory of the Holodomor - Genocide of 1932-33.

This tragic page remains an unhealed wound in the history of our people. MP James Bezan said that it was the biggest genocide the world has witnessed in such a short period of time – 15 months, when one third of the population was starved to death. When comparing to the present Canadian population, several Canadian provinces would be wipe out.

The memory of millions of lost lives and the pain, unites Ukrainians, on the fourth Saturday of November in lighting  a candle of remembrance and prayer for innocent victims. This memory actively contributes to social peace and understanding among people, united by a shared pain about the past and a hope for the future.

Archeparchy of Winnipeg

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