No War in Ukraine !
Yesterday, my whole family went to church to pray for peace in Ukraine. Perhaps peace in Ukraine is the same wish of people around the world right now.
War, no matter what the cause, brings countless disasters, deep wounds, pain, and trauma. When war breaks out, ordinary and precious daily life is destroyed and everything is messed up. Above all, the precious place of life disappears in an instant, and we lose our loved ones without a moment to say goodbye and without reason. The messages of the future, hope, and love that we constantly talked to each other disappear like ashes in the face of war.
There are many beautiful scenes that I can remember. One of the scenes that warmed my heart was the father and daughter on the lawn. A father and a daughter who appeared to be about seven years old were having a picnic. The father picked clover flowers from a nearby lawn and weaved them to make a beautiful crown for his daughter. It was a scene I wanted to leave as a photograph.
But war destroys this beautiful fairy tale scene at once. A recent Twitter video posted by a Ukrainian citizen captured the cry of a father who had to part with his daughter to fight Russia. Why do they have to break up so innocently and for no reason? They were the people who not long ago had a happy time making pretty flower crowns on the lawn. So what did they do wrong? War is something that should never happen.
I am writing this week on the theme of war and peace. Above all, with all my heart, I pray for Ukraine, which is suffering from war. I pray that the war will end soon and peace will come.
Myungja Anna Koh