The World Remembers Holodomor: Light a Candle November 26, 2011 at 19:32h

OTTAWA, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - The world commemorates Holodomor Remembrance Day on November 26, 2011. The 4th Saturday in November marks one of most tragic episodes in world history - the 1932-33 Holodomor - when Stalin's Soviet regime used famine as a weapon to murder millions of innocent men, women and children in an attempt to destroy the Ukrainian people.

"We ask Canadians to honour the victims and survivors of the Holodomor by placing a lit candle in your window on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 and observing a moment of silence from 19:32 to 19:33h (7:32 p.m. to 7:22 p.m.) as the years 1932-33 symbolize the most devastating period of the Holodomor," stated Paul Grod, Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) President. "We must never waiver in our commitment to honour and remember the millions of Ukrainians who perished in Stalin's genocide."

The Ukrainian World Congress, in cooperation with the UCC, recently launched an international awareness campaign called "the Candle of Prayer." This campaign involves people in Ukraine, Canada and thirty-three other countries lighting candles to commemorate the victims of the Holodomor. The campaign's slogan is "Keep the candle of memory lit."

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress appeals to all Canadians to come together and take part in this important event on Saturday, November 26, 2011. Candles will be lit in churches, community centres and homes all across Canada.  In addition, 33 black flags have been hung in major cities around the world.  For a list of local events taking place across Canada please visit Holodomor Events 2011 on the website of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress at www.ucc.ca.

The Parliament of Canada together with the provinces of Alberta, BC, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan have joined Ukraine in formally recognizing the Holodomor as a genocide. The memory of the Holodomor victims has also been hallowed by many international institutions and organizations, including the European Parliament, the United Nations, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

This year the Ukrainian Canadian community together with matching Federal Government funding raised $220,000 for the UNICEF African famine relief efforts.  "I would like to thank all the members of the Ukrainian Canadian community who made such generous contributions to this important campaign and to the Somali Canadian community for their close cooperation," stated Paul Grod.  "We are pleased that the Somali community has joined us in commemorating National Holodomor Awareness Week.  We are proud that our communities have come together to recognize that food, which is a fundamental human right, must not be used as a weapon against a people.  It is fitting the Ukrainian Canadian community dug deep within themselves to help the Somali people because we know firsthand the horrible impact of famine."

Let us never forget this dark moment in world history. May their memory be eternal.

SOURCE Ukrainian Canadian Congress

For further information:

UCC Media Contact:
Darla Penner
Telephone: (204) 942-4627
Email: dpenner@ucc.ca
Website: www.ucc.ca

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