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May 26, 2023
Last week, dozens of supporters across Fort Bend County gathered for the “We Stand with Ukraine” vigil at Sugar Land Town Square.
The vigil was organized by Anna Lykoudis-Zafiris, a first-generation Greek American, whose heart ached for the Ukrainian people.
She believes that despite your national origin, the situation in Ukraine should trouble you.
“This is a humanitarian issue,” she said to The Houston Chronicle. “And myself along with the others that helped organize and the people that attended and the thousands of others who are watching on TV feel helpless, feel that we have to speak out against the cruelty of a barbaric behavior of this war criminal (Vladimir) Putin against the innocent people of Ukraine.”
In attendance were Ukrainian natives and descendants, community members, and faith and political leaders.
According to The Houston Chronicle, Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 3 Nabil Shike, Fort Bend County Judge KP George, former U.S. Rep. Pete Olson and Missouri City Mayor Robin Elackatt were among elected officials in attendance.
If the Ukraine invasion continued,Lykoudis-Zafiris said she might organize another vigil.
“I just want to let you know that what is happening in Ukraine is an attack on our humanity,” she said. “And this is not a partisan issue. It affects all faiths, it affects all parties, and it affects all of us because at the end of the day, we’re all human.”