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Killing, Gaiman, Evaristo: writers from around the world call for donations for Ukrainian refugees04.03.2022
Foreign writers spread information about the war in Ukraine and donate funds to help Ukrainian refugees.
Bernardine Evaristo, the Booker Laureate of 2019, urges subscribers on Twitter to support Ukraine and Ukrainians through the Ukrainian Institute in London website, which lists humanitarian organizations and media outlets that need financial assistance to report on events. She also circulated a BBC article with ways to help Ukrainians in the UK.
She also cites David Lammy’s article for The Guardian «Putin’s attack on Ukraine isn’t just about Europe»: «We need to rally the world against this threat and widen the international coalition that will oppose this grievous act of war, and counter Putin’s ideology of nationalistic expansion».
Alison Killing, the Pulitzer Prize winner in 2021, supports Ukrainians by calling for funding for Ukrainian doctors, human rights defenders and the media, and helping refugees and the wounded. «If you want to donate money to Ukraine, here is a list of medical, human rights and media orgs that could use some help», ˗ she tweeted.
It also promotes Ukrainian telegram channels coordinating IT specialists who want to join the cyber army and carry out hacking attacks on the Russian government and commercial organizations, and reposts many articles from Ukrainian journalists about the situation in Kyiv.
Neil Gaiman tweets on his official page urging subscribers to support Ukrainian refugees through UNICEF initiatives. «I am proud to support the Refugees and their life-saving work», he said.
In addition, Neil Gaiman took part in the Reynolds-Lively family’s initiative to double donations to Ukrainian refugees, increasing them to $ 1,000,000.
He also called «impressive» the work of The Guardian journalist Carol Kadvallar, who is trying to understand the reasons why the Western world did not notice how Putin started the First Great Information War against it in 2014:
«The invasion of Ukraine is the latest front. And the idea it doesn’t already involve us is fiction, a lie», – she wrote.
«We failed to acknowledge Russia had staged a military attack on the West. We called it «meddling». We used words like «interference». It wasn’t. It was warfare. We’ve been under military attack for eight years now».
«This failure is at the heart of what is happening now in Ukraine. Because the first offensive in the Great Information War was from 2014-2022. And Putin won. And he won by convincing us it wasn’t even a war».
«And this new front, the invasion of Ukraine, is not just about Ukraine. We are part of the plan. We have always been part of the plan. And Ukraine is not just fighting for Ukraine, but for the rest of us too».
It should be noted that well-known writers Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Olha Tokarchuk, Frederick Begbeder, Joan Rawlings, Yuval Noah Harari and others also supported Ukraine with their public statements.
In addition, more than 1,300 writers, including Svitlana Aleksijevych, Orhan Pamuk and Salman Rushdie, signed a statement from PEN International calling for an end to the brutality caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Six Nobel laureates in literature also signed a letter of support for the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression.
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