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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Time to reflect

A CANDLE of remembrance ceremony has taken place place at Lockerbie’s Ukrainian POW Chapel to remember a little known genocidal act.

It was an opportunity for those of Ukrainian descent in the Lockerbie area to come together to remember the innocent victims of the Holodomor – a crime against humanity instigated by Stalin which deliberately starved to death around 4-5 million Ukrainians in 1932-33.

Organiser Linda Allison said: “The fact that the Holodomor was covered up and denied for decades, and the world still knows little about this genocidal act, is a most tragic episode of Ukraine’s history. The candle of remembrance was not about apportioning blame: it was a symbol of the historical truth and dignity that the innocent victims of the Holodomor deserve. Through awareness and remembrance, we seek to ensure that such atrocities cannot happen again.”

Pictured in the chapel are: Ann and Michael Ostapko, Mary Mychalyschyn, Ina Pufkyj, Linda Antoniuk, Rachel Gass, granddaughter of Michael Bodnarczuk and Dorothy Buga, wife of the late Michael Buga.

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