Compassion wanes as Ukraine crisis lingers

Europe (MNN) — like Russia changes its military orientation in southeastern Ukraine, Europe groans under the weight of refugees.

In six short weeks, five countries accepted more than 4.2 million people fleeing Ukraine. Today, more than the estimated 6.5 million internally displaced people in Ukraine – particularly those in the southeast – are seeking safety across the border.

“We are witnessing another refugee crisis; this seems to be the trend of this new millennium. Most are women and children; they say that every second a new minor becomes a refugee,” says Brother Luis*, Christian aid mission‘s Area Director for the Middle East and Europe.

We pray especially for the most vulnerable – for children, the elderly and the sick – to find refuge. For our leaders who respond to this injustice, we ask for wisdom and courage. For the oppressors, we pray that your light shines in their hearts.
(Photo, caption courtesy of Christian Aid Mission)

According to the UNEurope has already taken in nine million refugees before The invasion of Russia. Today, the continued influx from Ukraine further strains resources and capabilities.

Krakow, Poland’s second largest city, currently houses more than 150,000 displaced Ukrainians – increasing the city’s population by 20% in a matter of weeks.

Compassion fatigue

Eastern European countries struggling to meet healthcare costs for Ukrainian refugees. European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni warns against “a period of weaker (economic) growth” due to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

Moreover, if the refugees can’t or won’t go home, resettle them could cost $30 billion in the first year alone.

The likelihood of compassion fatigue increases as a crisis drags on. “We can all get tired of doing good, and remembering some things might help us,” says Brother Luis.

“Compassion is at the heart of who God is. Compassion not only reflects [God’s character]he also opens the door to the Gospel.

Help Ukrainian refugees here through Christian Aid Mission. Remember that every refugee is a person created in the image of God.

“‘Refugee’ is not the word that defines who they are. He defines or they are right now. We have to go back to looking at people with a name, a face and a story.

*Pseudonym

The header image shows a sticker on a street lamp in Sebnitz, Germany, March 22, 2022. (Wikimedia Commons)

Christi C. Elwood