In 1995 towards the end of The Bosnian War – I saw a newspaper article with a photograph of a child who had just been the victim of a bombing.

I have no idea what happened to this child but underneath the dust, grime and blood is the face of an innocent little girl. Even if she survived – her life could never be the same again.

Juxtaposed to this image is a photograph I took of my friend’s grandson Cosmo. It is an image filled with love and peace.

Still in their formative years, the young minds of these children are like kaleidoscopes….filled with colour, shapes and wonder and a sense of trust instilled into them by loving parents. It should be a time devoid of worry….

Then the fragility of life raises its head demonstrating how things can be seemingly set in stone one moment, and changed beyond recognition the next!

This is the case for the people of Ukraine. They have gone from lives of routine and relative order to lives that are now torn apart.

We must all stop burying our heads in the sand and stand by the people and children of Ukraine. Otherwise with mad egocentric men like Putin and other bully boys roaming this earth…anyone of us could be next.

We must put ourselves in the place of the mothers and children whose suffering is extreme and the healthy young men who yet again are being used as pawns in the ‘game of war’. Given that we really are all interconnected…to help the people of Ukraine is to help all of us.

25 thoughts on “

  1. Laura Kate

    Back in the 90’s I felt this way when thinking about the war against Iraq. The ones punished were the Iraqi women and children, by the war and then again by the economic sanctions that followed.

  2. clararidings

    Thank you for writing this, Janet. I am so sad for Ukrainians. Worried too, for all the people there, but mostly the orphaned children, especially the ones with special needs. They already have it bad. I can’t even… 😢And some of them have adoptive families who long for them, but may never get to have families, if adoptions cannot proceed.💔 I am praying for Ukraine.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you for this comment focusing on what could be a forgotten element of the horrors of what is going on. There are no winners in any war…which is why we had hoped that no one person would be mad enough to start another conflict. Clearly we underestimated Putin. We must all pray for Ukraine, Europe and the whole world.

      1. clararidings

        You are very right. If anyone wants to learn more, Reece’s Rainbow and Isaac’s Buddies advocate for many Ukrainian kids who need adoptive families, and Maya’s Hope is thankfully still able to help children with special needs and their families.

  3. snowbird

    I couldn’t agree more!!! How I feel for the people and animals on both sides. The horror of it all. I love that child with the crocus, you should paint that photo Love and hugs.xxxx

  4. Aung Naing

    ငြိမ်းချမ်းရေးအတွက် လူသားအားလုံး အတုယူ လိုက်နာကျင့်သုံးထိုက်ပါတယ် လေးစားအတုယူပါ့မယ် များစွာသော လူတို့သည် တဦးကိုတဦး ကူညီခြင်းပံ့ပိုးပေးခြင်း စာနာနားလည်ပေးခြငိးဆိုသော “သိ” “စိတ်” ရှိကြပါသော်လည်း ကိုယ်တိုင်မပါဝင်နိုင် မကူညီကြတာများပါတယ်
    လူထဲမှာ ရှားပါးသော သိ စိတ် ပိုင်ရှင် ထာဝရလေးစားတန်ဖိုးထားလျက်💪💪💪💪💪👍👍👍👍👍🙏🙏🙏


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