“Unfortunately, the floods in our land never end. We had the war in Syria with the well-known suffering and uprooting of children from their homeland, and now we have the war in Ukraine,” he stressed.
“The floods, unfortunately, never end on earth”, said Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, referring to the wars that affect young children and humanity in general, during his visit today to the child protection village of “Kivotos tou Kosmos” in Chios.
In the facilities of the “Ark of the World”, in the Aipos area of Chios, children and their mothers from Ukraine, who left their country because of the war, are also accommodated.
The archbishop referred to the great, as he described it, work being done by the “Ark of the World” both in Chios and in the rest of Greece by Fr. Antonio and his associates. He emphasized that thanks to the efforts of “Kivotos”, children from all over the world and, now, from Ukraine, find their destination, are guided and escape from the hardships of life.
“Unfortunately, the floods in our land never end. We had the war in Syria with the well-known suffering and uprooting of children from their homeland, and now we have the war in Ukraine,” he stressed. “A fratricidal war, unjust, like Cain murdering his brother Abel again. In this Ukrainian war, blood is being shed profusely between brothers, between neighbors,” he told Ukrainians housed in the “Ark of the World” structure. The children hosted at the “Kivoto” and the children who came from Ukraine presented the archbishop and the Greek-American expatriates from Chios who accompanied him, cultural events inspired by Ukrainian and Greek tradition.
“We know that the Ukrainian people neither asked for nor desire the war and defend the values of democracy, dignity and Orthodox faith. That is why it has the support of the entire free and democratic world that shares the same values,” said the archbishop. “Your fight is a fight for freedom against authoritarianism, against violence and for peace,” he added. “For the same freedom, Europe has paid a heavy price in the past and no one has the right to catalyze it,” he noted.
The archbishop referred to the actions and initiatives of both the Archdiocese of America and expatriates to support the actions of the “World Ark” and the effects of the war on the Ukrainian people. “I assure you that the Church and the diaspora will continue to be by your side and we will support you as long as we have this possibility,” he said characteristically.
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