Ukrainian Cultural Arts Association Recognizes the
Ukrainian Famine-Genocide by helping the hungry in Cleveland
The UCAA is collecting food to donate to the Cleveland Food Bank in time for Christmas
CLEVELAND (October 9, 2013) – The Ukrainian Cultural Arts Association of Greater Cleveland (UCAA) is holding a food drive to commemorate the Famine-Genocide, or Holodomor, that took place in Ukraine and other parts of the Soviet Union from 1932-1933. The food and household goods collected through the food drive will be donated to the Cleveland Food Bank in December, in time for the holiday season.
The food drive is part of a nationwide event to gain recognition of the atrocities committed against the Ukrainian people through collectivization from 1932 to 1933. Ukrainian organizations from the East Coast, Midwest and Ontario, Canada have created teams to collect food to donate to food banks in their respective cities.
Non-perishable food and household good donations can be made Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9pm until November 30th at the St. Josaphat Astrodome (rear entrance) at 5720 State Road, Parma.
What: Food Drive in Recognition of Ukraine's Famine-Genocide 1932-33
When: October 10 – November 30, food donation to Cleveland Food Bank on December 3, 2013
Where: St. Josaphat Astrodome (rear entrance), 5720 State Road, Parma, Ohio
Facts about the Holodomor: Ukrainian Famine-Genocide
- In November 1932, the Soviets increased the grain procurement quota for Ukraine by 44% to maximize extraction of agricultural produce from the rural populations. Those that could not meet quotas were targeted by the State police and farms were picked apart for any hidden food and livestock was confiscated.
- This caused a man-made famine-genocide to rage through Ukraine, the ethnic-Ukrainian region of northern Caucuses and the lower Volga River region throughout 1932-33.
- In November 1932, Ukraine was required to provide 1/3 of the grain collection of the entire Soviet Union. While Ukrainians starved, the Soviet Union continued exporting 1.7 million tons of grain to the Western markets.
- In December 1932 the internal passport system was introduced and the Ukrainian-Russian border was sealed to prevent Ukrainians from escaping the genocidal famine.
- When international relief organizations offered to assist, the offer was rejected by the Soviet Government claiming there was no famine in Ukraine and hence no need to aid its victims.
- While the estimates vary greatly, the genocide resulted in the death of between 7 and 10 million people.
- On November 26, 2006, Ukraine’s Parliament passed a law defining the Holodomor as a deliberate Act of Genocide. Many countries, the European Parliament and the United Nations have also recognized the Holodomor as genocide.