Reach News Now: Belarus & Ukraine

Reach News Now: Belarus & Ukraine

Reach News Now will report news headlines affecting the regions where our efforts are focused, including Belarus, India, Israel, and Ukraine. We aim to illuminate the challenges and developments in these areas, share insights on their implications, and guide our supporters on how to pray effectively for the communities we serve.


Thousands of Ukrainian Children Forcibly Taken to Belarus, Yale Research  Finds

More than 2,400 Ukrainian children taken to Belarus, a Yale study finds

A recent study by Yale University’s Humanitarian Research Lab, funded by the U.S. State Department, highlights a troubling development in Ukraine’s ongoing conflict. Over 2,400 children, ranging in age from 6 to 17, have been forcefully removed from their homes in Ukraine and taken to Belarus. This action is part of what the study identifies as a “systematic effort” by Russia, facilitated by Belarus, to identify, collect, transport, and re-educate these young individuals. The children, including those with disabilities, were taken from 17 cities between February 24, 2022, and October 30, 2023, according to the detailed 40-page report from the Yale School of Public Health. Credit to the Associated Press for their coverage.

Impact on Our Organization:

This situation underscores the importance of advocacy and raising awareness about the plight of deported and displaced children in Belarus. Our organization is positioned to play a critical role in bringing international attention to these issues and advocating for the rights of these children.

Ways to Pray:

  1. For the Children: Pray for the safety, well-being, and swift return of the children to their families. May they find strength and resilience during this challenging time.
  2. For Peace: Pray for a resolution to the conflict that respects the dignity and rights of all individuals involved, leading to lasting peace in the region.
  3. For Our Efforts: Pray that our organization and partners may be effective in our response, providing the necessary support, and advocacy.

Our commitment to serving the most vulnerable remains unwavering, especially in times of crisis. This situation demands our immediate attention and calls us to deepen our resolve to foster a world where every child is safe, supported, and cherished.

 

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