Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes Ukraine’s children need more than just protection and support, they need adults to be understanding and to provide them opportunities to grow.
“Our children don’t need protection and sympathy – they are very strong and they can overcome obstacles and problems better than adults. Our children need adults to understand their hearts and souls, and give them opportunities to develop. And we, adults, must do this,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the International Day for Protection of Children – June 1, 2018.
In her video, the head of the Batkivshchyna faction told the story of orphan Tymofiy Redko, who lived with his grandmother and little sister in East Ukraine and wound up in occupied territory after the start of the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine. He also faced another challenge – cancer. But despite the difficult circumstances, Tymofiy not only conquered the disease, but through the generosity of volunteers he was able to move his grandmother and sister from occupied territory to peaceful Ukrainian soil.
“Tymofiy saved not just himself, he saved his family – his grandmother and sister, who were left on occupied territory. Tymofiy fought the disease not for himself, he fought for his loved ones – his grandmother and sister, and God helped him be cured,” she said.
After overcoming this challenge, Tymofiy Redko wrote an open letter to all children, and Yulia Tymoshenko urged others to share his letter so that everyone can feel young Tymofiy’s remarkable strength.
OPEN LETTER BY TYMOFIY REDKO
Today is the International Day for Protection of Children!
I want to congratulate children all over the World, children of all nationalities and religions on this wonderful holiday.
May every child have a childhood full of beauty and love. Yes, that’s how it should be, but, unfortunately, everyone’s life is different: some children live in families where they are loved, while others lives in orphanages, hospitals, wheelchairs; some are healthy, others are sick.
I often ask myself: how do the latter, the ones who have it hard, find oneself in life? And then I look back at my life and I understand: the main thing is to not give up!
My sister and I were left without parents, but we did not fall in spirit. We took up choreography and theater. We spent a lot of time on this and we had a very interesting childhood. We went to different cities for contests and festivals. We even participated in the “Follow Your Dream” festival. It is thanks to this special festival that I am alive today.
The festival helped me with my cancer treatment. I was sent to Germany for treatment and thanks to that support I am now alive and studying to be an interpreter of Chinese and English!
Guys, let me tell you: any difficult situation, even the most horrible diagnosis is not a life sentence, it is just a signal to action. You must fight and strive for new quality in life – and then you will be happy! What’s most important is that you believe in yourself, do good, and treat your friends the way you would want them to treat you. And that goodness will be returned hundredfold!
Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast”