A poll showing that, a year on from the invasion of Ukraine, eight out of ten Christians are concerned about the impact of the war, has been highlighted by the former Archbishop of York.
Rt Rev John Sentamu, chair of charity Christian Aid, whose poll also showed four in ten Brits had donated towards humanitarian aid in Ukraine, urged people to keep on praying and giving aid, while acknowledging how they feel.
Christian Aid’s Savanta poll, carried out between January 28 and February 2, interviewed more than 2,000 UK adults online.
Bishop John said: “Vladimir Putin’s invasion has unleashed terrible violence and caused untold suffering to millions of innocent people. We have seen how homes have been destroyed, families torn apart, and innocent people subjected to atrocious violence and trauma.
“Thanks to the British public’s overwhelming generosity to the Ukrainian people, Christian Aid has been able to work through local partners to make a difference. "That includes food and shelter but also supporting medics who regularly go to the front to provide treatment.
“I am not surprised that so many people across our isles remain worried about the war. We must remember every prayer, every gift, every action is bringing hope to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.”
Thanks to money raised by the Disaster Emergency Committee, Christian Aid has delivered £10million emergency assistance to more than 770,000 people affected by the war.
For months, international NGOs and UN agencies have also been concerned that, while welcome and necessary, the unprecedented outpouring of funding and compassion for Ukraine and the Turkey-Syria earthquake has not been matched by the response to East Africa where rising hunger is partly a result of a spike in food prices caused in part by the war.
“Christian Aid is therefore urging those in power not to give up searching for a just and lasting peace for Ukraine and to ensure the conflict does not cut support for other crises across the globe,” Bishop John added.