Children of Donbass Write to the World: Press Conference & Rally
Saturday, December 10 – 11:00 am to 12 Noon
Stand with “Children of Donbass Write to the World”!
“In the evening, my mother collected warm clothes, documents, took water, and we went down to sleep in the basement. It was very damp and cold. Now I dream of the smell of the damp cellar at night,” Dima, 12 years old.
“There was no light, no water. I had to walk to the village of Roskoshnoye for it. It was scary. For the first month I didn’t sleep. I hugged my cat at night and cried. Kitty was also afraid,” Daniel, 12 years old.
“I wanted to shout to the whole world! Screaming in fear for my city, friends and family … I hope no one else ever experiences these horrible feelings! I want to have peace in the world!” Lyuba, 11 years old.
Since June, youth organizers in the Donbass Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk have gathered hundreds of letters from children and teens about their experiences under war and blockade imposed by the U.S.-backed regime in Kiev, Ukraine. The letters will be presented to representatives of the United Nations in Europe.
Join us at United Nations Headquarters on International Human Rights Day as we raise our voices in solidarity with the children of Donbass to demand that the Ukrainian and U.S. goverments end their military and economic war on people in Donetsk and Lugansk.
We will have copies of some letters translated to English, and some blown up to poster size. Activists against the war in Donbass will speak, as well as youth who will make connections between the war on children in the U.S. and abroad. Media and UN officials will be invited.
Afterward, we encourage you to join in other important International Human Rights Day actions, including the Rally to Free All Political Prisoners in Harlem.