Meet Ina & Tania

World Refugee Day

MORE THAN 100 MILLION INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN FORCIBLY DISPLACED WORLDWIDE AS A RESULT OF PERSECUTION, CONFLICT, VIOLENCE, OR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. THIS REFLECTS THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF DISPLACEMENT ON RECORD.

On June 20, the BWA observed World Refugee Day, an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe. Read one story of how Baptists are responding below.

Ina & Tania: After the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, these two young mothers heard the terrifying sounds of bombs falling, bore witness to tragedies in their community, and experienced unspeakable fear. Ina was so frightened that she spent nights in the basement of her small house huddled together with her two boys.

After a month of constant fear, Ina and her neighbor Tania bravely gathered what they could carry and left their homes to escape to Moldova with their children. Tania’s husband remained at home in anticipation that he may be called to fight.

On the dangerous trek to the border, they saw Russian Meet Ina & Tania convoys winding through villages, leaving charred and scarred communities in their wake. Knowing that those in a single car were more likely to be shot, the two women joined a convoy of civilian vehicles and hoped strength in numbers would carry them to safety.

Arriving at Baltata – one of our Baptist ministry partner centers – they could finally rest in the care of tireless volunteers offering food, shelter, and spiritual support.

Would you join us in praying for Ina and Tania and the millions of others like them who have been forced to flee Ukraine, Afghanistan, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and other nations around the world?