“The Eyes of a Child”

“The Eyes of a Child”


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In the very depths of the war in Ukraine there are many children who struggle with the fleeing lives of civilians in a war-torn world. The children will take these memories for the rest of their lives but it is up to us to make sure they are resurrected from the death around them. This small excerpt is the reality for many young Ukrainians.

To a child these battered concrete walls don’t mean anything. The glazed look in mommy’s eyes hasn’t really changed since the child can remember, so that too is not new. It was a little different when they had to move into the hallway in the basement of the hospital where many other people slept right next to them. Sometimes it’s hard to sleep with the old man who snores loud in his sleep and the blankets are a little itchy, but still this is fine as long as there is a doll to play with when the child wakes up. It is hard not to go outside and see the trees; and all the noise may be a bit scary. Mommy says there will come a time when the fighting stops. They pray for this daily, morning and night.

Winter always brings cold dark days, but this year in Ukraine it seems like the conditions might be even worse. If there is hope, it’s found in this child’s eyes that don’t see war like others; and never sees the hate, so they can always keep their shine. The war in Ukraine can never take away this light, the Light of our Christ. Yet it is our goal to keep these sweet, innocent hearts and eyes as pure as God made them. http://iocc.org/news/10-1-15-ukraine-relief.aspx


IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered $534 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in more than 50 countries. IOCC is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy. To learn more about IOCC, please visit our website at iocc.org.

The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is committed to the support of her sister agencies under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops.  This includes IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities).  “In the spirit of Christ’s love, IOCC offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond”.  IOCC has undertaken significant initiatives to help those in need.  Notably 92% of every dollar donated to the IOCC directly helps those affecting dire situations.

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About author

Dean Franck

Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.