EUROPE/UKRAINE - The Salesians: "Listen to the voices of the children who die in the bombardments! The world must know these horrors"

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 wars   children   war crimes   religious institutes  


Kiev (Agenzia Fides) - The Salesians of the "Mary Help of Christians" Vice Province of Greek-Catholic Ukraine have raised their voices to defend the lives of the youngest in the face of the horrors of war. In an appeal published by the Salesian agency Ans, they denounce: "Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, at least 80 children have been killed and many injured. Thousands of children are forced to flee the bombardments and to hide in abandoned and dilapidated basements, remaining there for days and days in the cold, without light and without food and water. Thousands of people, including children and young people, have suffered psychological trauma due to the fear of death and the struggle for life.
We, Salesians and the Salesian Family, cannot remain silent in these tragic moments which see the aggressor attack and violate innocent lives. We must shout, speak to the whole civilized world of these barbaric and horrible deeds. Hear the voices of the children dying from the bombing! Who will protect them, if not us, who were sent to them? We must not be afraid to tell the truth. The world and world leaders must be made aware of these horrors. Let us unite to protect children, not only in prayer, but also in concrete action. Thank you all for your support and help. Together we are strong! We ask for more intense prayer for the children and for the thousands of people who have lost everything. God, be with us in these tragic times. We feel safe only with You!" (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 16/3/2022)