KTF Newsletter: Putin’s Religious War, Slurs on Our Landmarks, When the State Steals Your Baby
As promised last week, we have additional resources on Ukraine (including some thoughts from Suzie on how differently everyone is talking about this war), and lots more. So, let’s get right into it. Here are this week’s highlights.
Any time a society goes through periods of particularly trying circumstances, those on the margins face uniquely awful challenges. Existing inequalities magnify in intensity and their consequences often become desperately painful. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is creating such a scenario for many of Ukraine’s international students of color as they try to flee the violence and get home, or at least get somewhere safe. As this article and TV news segment highlight, many African and Indian students are reporting harassment and racist treatment by border officials and even some fellow refugees. Moreover, many people who had just recently fled to Ukraine from other conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere now find themselves on the run again, facing bureaucratic hurdles due to their lack of official paperwork. As we pray and take action regarding this new conflict, remember those having to face even more than the horrors of war simply because of who they are or where they were born.
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