The world is reeling from the unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia. The people of Ukraine now face the prospect of a prolonged period of conflict and suffering, and the whole world is facing a destabilised and dangerous new world order. Thoughts are turning to the Ukrainian people – thousands are fleeing the violence as refugees, while those who stay face the prospect of an oppressive new regime.
Tearfund joins the rest of the world in condemning such shocking use of violence against a peaceful democratic nation. Our prayers are with the people of Ukraine as they face the horrors of war in the weeks and months ahead.
An impact on the whole world
Conflict and the suffering it causes are all too familiar to organisations like Tearfund. Many of the countries we work in across Africa, Asia and Latin America are experiencing conflict – often prolonged and complex. The organisations and local churches Tearfund has the privilege of supporting are doing incredible work in these difficult situations.
As well as providing immediate necessities like shelter, health care, water and sanitation to those impacted by war, they are doing crucial work bringing together communities across the dividing lines of conflict. This is empowering people to share, learn, heal, be reconciled and work together to build peace.
As tragic as these conflicts are, the war in Ukraine threatens to be even more serious, not just for the people of Ukraine, but for the whole world.