August, 28th 2013 : the only non-russian Gold of the quad (for individuals), earned by Ganna Rizatdinova during hoop EF in front of her home crowd at the Kiev world championships. It was the first time that a non-russian individual won gold at the World Championships since Anna Bessonova, also ukrainian, won the All-Around in Patras in 2007.
Ganna’s joy and pride were so moving as she emotionally sang her country’s anthem.
“In the evening, my mother collected warm clothes, documents, took water, and we went down to sleep in the basement. It was very damp and cold. Now I dream of the smell of the damp cellar at night,” Dima, 12 years old.
“There was no light, no water. I had to walk to the village of Roskoshnoye for it. It was scary. For the first month I didn’t sleep. I hugged my cat at night and cried. Kitty was also afraid,” Daniel, 12 years old.
“I wanted to shout to the whole world! Screaming in fear for my city, friends and family … I hope no one else ever experiences these horrible feelings! I want to have peace in the world!” Lyuba, 11 years old.
Since June, youth organizers in the Donbass Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk have gathered hundreds of letters from children and teens about their experiences under war and blockade imposed by the U.S.-backed regime in Kiev, Ukraine. The letters will be presented to representatives of the United Nations in Europe.
Join us at United Nations Headquarters on International Human Rights Day as we raise our voices in solidarity with the children of Donbass to demand that the Ukrainian and U.S. governments end their military and economic war on people in Donetsk and Lugansk.