Alone in Ukraine



“When the Nazis came, they came for us. I was one of three children, but I pretended that I did not belong to my family and that is how I survived,” says 95-year-old Mariya, a cold and tired Jewish woman who still lives in the same village in Ukraine the Nazis invaded as World War II began.

“I was blonde and didn’t look Jewish, so they thought I was Ukrainian. They took me to Germany and I became a servant in one of the commanders’ homes,” Mariya recalls. “But my family was shot.”

After the war, Mariya returned to her village in Ukraine, alone. To the house her father “built with his own hands.” There she spent decades alone. The Soviet era in Ukraine proved no better than the Nazis. “We ate whatever we found. People died like flies and nobody even buried them.” Mariya survived that, too, alone.

And now, as war descends on Ukraine once again, Mariya is still alone.

Before war broke out, a neighbour would sometimes bring her bread and water from the well. But now, Mariya lays there, bedridden and “tired of this life, tired of being alone.”

But even now, even as conflict rises across Ukraine, even as the drums of war pound all around, IFCJ Canada volunteers are still providing basic needs for those like Mariya. Those vulnerable elderly people in Ukraine, many of them survivors of the Holocaust like Mariya, who are “the least of these.”

The help and love provided by Fellowship friends are literally saving lives, lives like Mariya’s.

Your gift will show God’s children in Ukraine, vulnerable Jews like Mariya, that they have not been forgotten.

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