War in Ukraine: First Lady Olena Zelenska sends a message to the churches

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's wife has sent a letter to the World Council of Churches asking it, “as an organization called to preach peace and brotherhood,” to help Ukrainians fleeing war. 

Dance a letter to Father Iona Sauca, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, challenged the international Christian community. She calls on him to be "the voice of those who suffer from the war" in Ukraine.

“I am not writing to you as First Lady – but as a Ukrainian woman, mother and wife,” wrote the wife of the Ukrainian president at the start of her missive. “It's not even a letter – but the voice of my accumulated pain during those days of war,” she continued.

Referring to the brutality of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, she says: “we were able to mourn the first victims by their names, but now we mourn them by their numbers”. She also returns to the bombing of the Mariupol maternity hospital whose photos "have gone around the world".

The Ukrainian First Lady continues by asking the Christian organization, "called to preach peace and brotherhood", to become "the voice of Ukrainians persecuted by war".

In particular, she asks the members of the COE to “become mediators in the organization of real humanitarian corridors”.

"Knowing the experience of the World Council of Churches in solving humanitarian crises, we ask you to help, especially through affiliated agencies, to help Ukraine and Ukrainians who are currently fleeing the war", continues she.

She also urges them to "transmit" their "prophetic voice" by "condemning war and calling for the protection of the civilian population".

“I ask you to be our moral and active ally in this area. I ask you to continue to tell the world the truth about this war, which is taking place right on the doorstep of Europe and could at any moment burst into another European home”, concludes Olena Zelenska.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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