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26 Mar 2018 description

Sharing the pain of loss

By Rachel Bergen

Imagine the pain of losing a child to war, compounded by not having a safe space to express grief.

This is Claudia Antonovna Ushakova's story. Her son, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, died in combat at the beginning of the war in 2014.

The conflict began in early 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea in southern Ukraine. Unrest spread, intensifying from May through November 2014 as waves of people fled fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts (provinces), which share a border with Russia.

13 Oct 2017 description

Summary: MCC’s mobile cannery is traveling to 32 locations across eastern and central U.S. and Ontario to can meat for thousands of people around the world.

Oct. 5, 2017

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine -- The children come and go from the kitchen at the Gurzhiy household in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. The attraction is pizza, made for 8-year-old Veronika’s birthday party.

“We got some canned meat last week,” says Veronika’s mom, Yulia Gurzhiy. “We used it to make this pizza today and it’s very good.”

03 Nov 2016 description

Rachel Bergen

AKRON, Pa. – From October through March 2017 more than 30,000 volunteers for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) will fill more than half a million cans with meat for people in need overseas.

The volunteers team up with MCC’s mobile meat canning crew who travel to about 35 different locations across Canada and the U.S. to can turkey, beef, chicken and pork in MCC’s mobile cannery.

05 Mar 2015 description

By Meghan Mast

WINNIPEG, Man. – Olga Mykhailov was seven months pregnant when she and her husband Andrei decided to flee their home in Donetsk, Ukraine. They could feel the impact of bombs dropping as the conflict inched closer.

They got in their car and drove to Zaporizhzhia, a city just more than 124 miles away.

“We didn’t have anything with us,” said Olga. “We had our summer clothes and our slippers. We thought ... in two weeks the problem would be resolved and we could come back home.”

29 Dec 2014 description

By Gladys Terichow

Dec. 29, 2014

WINNIPEG, Man. — As people in Ukraine continue to be forced from their homes by violence, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is asking for donations to support its work with church partners that are responding to the needs of displaced people.

Continued violence and armed conflicts have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes to seek safety in neighboring countries and within Ukraine. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and wounded.