My thoughts are with the people in Ukraine, the ones fleeing, the Ukrainians watching in horror from other parts of the world, the Russian protestors. I’m also thinking of everyone who’s ever been affected by war. That trauma lives on.
As a second generation Holocaust survivor, I am thrown back to the atrocities of the second world war and this is what keeps me hopeful right now.
WE ARE INVOLVED IN THE WAR
it’s incredibly difficult, upsetting and heartbreaking to watch images of homes being blown up.
Seeing babies being born in bomb shelters is most distressing. But ultimately, however excruciatingly challenging this is - it also means we’re more in it than we ever have been before. We’re more informed. This war is visible - and therefore there’s less chance of war crime and more chance of diplomacy.
WE HAVE BECOME MORE CIVILISED
Instead of sending bombs, we’re sanctioning trade and freezing the finances of the billionaires of Russia. Is this going to be strong enough to make the violence stop. Only time will tell.
THERE IS SO MUCH KINDNESS
Watching neighbouring countries like Poland and Romania take in refugees, opening their doors, donating what they can is heart-warming.
THE WORLD IS UNITED
Our power is our togetherness. We all have more power than we think we do. Keep talking, sharing, donating. Nothing can take away the heartache, but knowing that the world is watching this crazy atrocity and is united in helping to stop it is soothing my heart and makes me grateful today.
There are so many ways to donate. I've identified a few organisations: