Ukraine famine memorial unveiled in US capital

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A monument commemorating the millions of Ukrainians who died during a Soviet-era famine was unveiled in the US capital Saturday, in a ceremony that brought back horrific memories for survivors. “It’s terrible, I will never forget,” 90-year-old Alla Gromow, in a wheelchair, said as she recalled how neighbors engaged in cannibalism in a desperate bid to stay alive. Ukrainians refer to the 1932-33 famine as Holodomor — or “death by hunger” — and blame the regime of dictator Joseph Stalin for the deliberate starvation of men, women and children. The memorial — a bronze sculpture on a stone wall depicting stalks of wheat symbolizing the seizure of grain by the Soviets — is located just steps from the grounds of the US Capitol and Washington’s bustling Union Station. Ukraine’s first lady, Maryna Poroshenko, was among a throng of people of all ages who packed nearby Columbus Circle for the ceremony, many wrapped in or waving Ukrainian flags and wearing traditional attire.

AFP

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