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History is repeating itself in Ukraine

Megan Gingerich
Apr 11, 2022

Becoming a refugee is a tragedy that would never happen in a perfect world — but when it does happen, it’s usually a traumatic experience people only endure once. For some refugees in Ukraine, though, the 2022 Russian invasion marks the second time they’ve had to flee their homes in just eight years.

They had to flee their homes during the conflict with Russia in 2014 … and now it’s happening again.

They spent the past eight years trying to rebuild their lives, and now they’re right back where they started, unsure of what’s next.

Their homes have been destroyed, there’s a tremendous food and water shortage, and getting to the western border is becoming increasingly difficult as gas stations run out of fuel and options for transportation are limited.

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The number of Ukrainians who have fled the country has now passed 4 million, and refugee centers are bursting at the seams. All affected Ukrainians have been traumatized by the ongoing war, but it’s especially difficult for those experiencing it for the second time.  

“I’ve already experienced war because I was in Slovyansk eight years ago when the war started,” one refugee said, “so I have already experienced that, and now I need to escape again.”

Why is this happening?

It’s only recently been in the news, so you might not know that Ukraine has been in conflict with Russia for over a century. Ukraine finally became independent in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed, but it’s never been easy, especially for those living near the Russian border.

In 2014, pro-Russians rebels in Ukraine drew the support of Russian soldiers, starting a small-scale war in eastern Ukraine. The violence went largely unreported, but almost a million Ukrainians fled the country in just one year, and more than 1.3 million were internally displaced. Then, Russia’s annexation of Crimea created even more refugees.

Most of these people fled to western Ukraine, where they thought they would be safe.

But on Feb. 24 of this year, that sense of safety was shattered. Putin began bombing cities farther west than almost anyone had predicted, motivated by a desire for Ukraine to be a part of Russia again.

For two-time refugees, history is repeating itself … except this time, it’s even worse. In fact, the U.N. recently reported that a crisis of this magnitude hasn’t been seen since World War II.

Ukrainian refugees, especially those who’ve been displaced twice, are feeling hopeless. Even if the war ends soon, they have nothing to return to. They still need shelter, food, water, warm clothing, and more to survive.

YOU can be the answer.

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Refugees need all the help they can get, and your gift could be the difference between a refugee having a warm meal and somewhere to sleep or going to bed cold and hungry. You can show a refugee that they are seen and cared for and show them the love of God.

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