From my manager, Oleg Vasilchuk in Odessa
(Where we support 10 Orphanages, the Homeless Children’s Centre, a Youth Sports Club and the New Church Oleg pioneered 3 years ago for the street kids)
Political conflicts are the nightmare to begin with, but political conflicts of Ukraine scale are far worse than any of the nightmares. We have gone through some of the darkest and hardest times – times of brutal violence and devastating pain. Yet we fear that it is not yet over, we do foresee more hardships ahead. Over hundred people were killed already by the government forces, most of them are 20 to 30 years old. Over 350 people have disappeared presumed murdered, and more than 3000 hospitalized. And this is in Ukraine!
But this escalating conflict does not only affect the protesters in the public demonstrations, or those that are directly involved in the fight. This is hitting really hard at those that are the most vulnerable – the orphans. Children in the orphanages are having enough emotional trauma to deal with in times of “peace”, but this turmoil and conflict has brought more fear, more uncertainty and more tears to those who have nothing to do with political issues.
We could spend hours blaming one party and defending the other one, but the bottom line is – the orphans and the homeless street children are the ones that are paying a far greatest price than they can afford. The economy of Ukraine that was barely alive just a moment ago is completely out of the picture today, again hitting the most vulnerable of all: the elderly and the children.