An interfaith peace and unity road train goes through cities and settlements of the ATO zone
On Tuesday, November 11, representatives of various Christian denominations announced the launch of Peace and Unity Road Train that moves through 20 cities of the East, including the ATO zone. This measure is aimed at consolidation of local residents, volunteers, religious leaders and government representatives. The participantswill express support on the part of the capital city and learn about the basic needs of cities that have been liberated from occupation.
“We intend to hold roundtables and common prayers to hear each city. In total the road train will visit 20 towns in the ATO zone to hear about the needs of residents and coordinate volunteers and representatives of Ukrainian authorities. We want to show that religious denominationsare working together and therein lies their strength. The fact that we are Ukrainian unites us, in spite of diversity,” said the action organizer, director of the NGO ‘Elios-Grace’Fr.SerhiyDmitriev.
The Peace and Unity train has received support from the UGCC and the charity organization "Caritas Ukraine", vice president Fr. Andrew Nahirnyak assures: “We are happy to support this initiative for the second time, the first time we went on a similar mission to the southern cities. Whenever I recall the words of St. Augustine that remains central to us is the unity and love for all controls everything and this train is our particular expression of love. “
The importance of humanitarian and social dialogue was noted by coordinator of the NGO “SOS Donbass” Marina Lyuta. In particular, she represents the first volunteers who moved from the East and initiated active assistance to their native region from the capital. In her view, in Donbas a wave of occupation started when people lost faith in the pro-Ukrainian developments. Therefore, the future road train will aim not only at building a dialogue, but also at monitoring the situation together with practical recommendations on the activities of local volunteers.
The event will have not only educational, but also partly humanitarian importance,together with activists of the East the necessary stuff for local residents and children from family homeswill be sent. “Our task today is to stand up together with everyone. Today, when people do not have answers to many questions, the Church can offer them. Our response is unity, both for churches and for the whole of Ukraine ,” said Chairman of the social department of the Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith Rustam Fatulaev.
Note that the Peace and Unity train sets off on November 14 from Mariupol and returns to Kyiv on November 24. During this time, the participants will visit 20 cities in eastern Ukraine and carry a message of peace and unity in every locality.