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Symbol of Resistence

11 Mar 2022

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Whilst dictators and tyrants around the world erect immense statues to impose thier rule over people,  and Putin wages a war in Ukraine that is the extreme embodiment of toxic masculinity, this small statue of a sad emaciated girl holding a handful of wheat ears stands at the entrance to the memorial park in Kyiv. A  Candle of Remembrance burns beside her. She embodies the unbreakable spirit of a people in the face of the cruel history of previous attempts of the Russians to overwhelm Ukraine. The monument commemorates the Holodomor; an event after the end of end of the First World War, when Ukraine was an independent state, but in 1919 the Soviet Union "sucked" it into the community of Soviet states. The Ukrainians, who even then considered themselves a Central European people like the Poles and not an Eastern European like the Russians, tried to restore Ukraine's independence. Stalin 'nationalised'  the grain-producing land from the Ukrainian peasants, and all its produce thus creating an artificial famine. The goal was to "teach Ukrainians to be smart" so that they would no longer oppose official Moscow. Thus the people who produced the most grain in Europe were left without bread. The peak of the Holodomor was in the spring of 1933. In Ukraine at that time, it is estimated that 17 people died of hunger every minute, more than 1,000 every hour, and almost 24,500 every day.  People were literally starving to death in the streets.

Volodymyr Zelensky: The Holodomor is not a social or economic tragedy, it is a genocide,”

When the statue was vandalised in August 21 an official said  “It really hurts. The event shocked Ukrainians. The act of vandalism against the sculpture was symbolic. For decades, they tried to destroy and erase the memories of the genocide". Restoration of this monument shows the will of the people to retain the memory.  

The Holodomor at that time broke the Ukrainian resistance, but it made the desire for Ukraine's independence from Russia eternal.