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The war in Ukraine can bring many emotions to people around the world: uncertainty, fear and anger, to name a few. But for mothers, the determination to bring attention to the innocent children killed in war is at the forefront of their minds.
“I just feel like we have to show the world what happened in Ukraine. Children died, civilians died, it’s just explosions every few minutes. Russia just killed my country,” said Olga Gorman. The Ukrainian native moved to Atlanta just 7 months ago, leaving behind a brother in Kharkiv.
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Gorman helped organize a march at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, but it’s part of a global effort. She says a group of women contacted her to ask if she could organize the Mothers’ Walk in Atlanta. Gorman told Fox News that several other cities are doing the exact same thing, including Berlin, Paris, London, Budapest and many more.
Red, blue and green colors filled part of the corner of the park, as protesters displayed different children’s toys like teddy bears and toy fire trucks. But among the items normally crushed were fake bags stained with blood, representing children killed in war who would never have the chance to play again.
As the marches cross the country’s borders, the message is clear. Gorman says the group just wants the killing of innocent children to stop.
“It’s hard to be [a] mother, how hard it is to grow your child and one day Russia just killed your baby. I call on mothers around the world to support Ukrainian mothers because it’s not just Ukrainian children, it’s our children. They are children of mothers all over the world,” Gorman said with tears in his eyes.
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With the American flag flying high behind them on poles, the mothers sang a Ukrainian lullaby in a bid to honor the children killed so far. Many at the Saturday afternoon march expressed their appreciation for American efforts to stop the war, but they think “it’s not enough.” Gorman and others have said children are dying because Ukraine still does not have a no-fly zone.
Gorman said his brother remained in Kharkiv with his eldest son because of martial law, while his brother’s wife and youngest son fled to Germany. Kharkiv was heavily targeted by Russian troops. “They don’t have water, they don’t have electricity. I’m just waiting for a message, once a day: ‘We’re still alive,'” Gorman explained.
In a moving interview with Fox News, Gorman said his brother recently told him, “I love you so much.” Tears rolling down his cheeks, Gorman said, “My brother, 47, a man who’s never talked about love before, you know? But we just think this might be the last time, maybe -maybe I won’t see you again.”
Despite the uncertainties surrounding her family’s future and the future of millions of others, Gorman remains optimistic, courageous and full of courage. “We are strong, strong Ukrainians. We will fight, and we have enough energy inside, but we just don’t have enough weapons,” she said, calling on the United States to send more weapons to help protect Ukrainian skies.
As for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gorman said without hesitation: “I would like him to kill himself. That will be the greatest wish.”
His message to the rest of the world can only be summed up in two words. “Wake up,” she said.