Ukrainian World Congress launches international action marking 85th anniversary of the Holodomor
On 1 September 2018, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) together with its partners, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance and National Museum “Holodomor Victims Memorial”, launches the international action “Light a candle of remembrance!” to mark the 85th anniversary of the genocide of the Ukrainian people, the Holodomor.
Over 85 days until International Holodomor Memorial Day on 24 November 2018, a candle will be lit daily in a different part of the world uniting Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine in remembrance of the innocent victims of the genocidal policy of the Stalin regime, while raising awareness of the issues of human rights, respect and tolerance.
The first day of September is traditionally the start of the school year in Ukraine. Since a significant number of children were among the millions of victims of the Holodomor, this year’s commemorative action is dedicated to the children who did not return to their school desks on 1 September 1933.
The remembrance flame will begin its 85-day journey across five continents in Kyiv, Ukraine, at the National Museum “Holodomor Victims Memorial” and conclude on 24 November 2018 in conjunction with the Ukrainian national commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor in Kyiv.
“The Ukrainian World Congress invites the international community to join in this action by organizing an event or simply sharing information about the Holodomor as widely as possible to deliver the message that the Holodomor, a tragic page in the nation’s history, remains testimony to the consequences of imperialist ambitions and a complacent world,” stated UWC Secretary General and Chair of the UWC International Holodomor Coordinating Committee Stefan Romaniw.
We encourage everyone to follow the global journey of the remembrance flame by visiting the sites listed below and to share it with your family, friends, co-workers, government officials and media representatives. Let us remember while raising awareness and sharing the story of the Holodomor!