When Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, the world began to witness a series of unthinkable horrors. In the several weeks since, millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homeland. However, in the midst of tragedy, many have come together to provide help. Count Oprah among those offering assistance—when the crisis first began, she honored the courage of the Ukrainian people in an essay, and now, Oprah is sharing her support of a new Global Citizens effort for Ukraine.
Today, Oprah took to Twitter to share a message urging global aid for the refugees currently fleeing Ukraine. Oprah’s video, along with similar ones from countless other celebrities and activists, is part Global Citizen’s Stand Up for Ukraine campaign.
The campaign began after Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the world’s support in a March 26 speech. Global Citizen, along with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, launched Stand Up for Ukraine to galvanize the global community to take action.
Since President Zelenskyy’s speech, an onslaught of support has come through on social media from stars like Billie Eilish, Gloria Steinem, Shaquille O’Neal, and Jon Batiste. Oprah joined that collective voice as part of Global Citizen's social media rally ahead of their culminating Stand Up for Ukraine moment: a pledging event taking place Saturday, April 9.
According to the European Commission, Von der Leyen and Trudeau are coming together in Warsaw, Poland, which is a crucial country for the Ukrainians being forced to flee. Along with support from the president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, as well as the prime ministers of Croatia, Denmark, Slovenia, Belgium, Norway, and Sweden, the pledging event is aimed at driving billions more in aid for Ukrainian refugees.
The event also hopes to lessen the strain on other refugees from ongoing crises in Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan, among other places. There are millions of people fleeing their homes who need food and shelter, and the UN Refugee Agency has reported a funding gap of roughly $10 billion.
Any donations or pledges made during the April 9 event will go toward a variety of UN groups directly supporting those affected by the crisis, like the World Health Organization, Education Cannot Wait, UN Women, and GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.
In Oprah’s video, she shares exactly how to help. “If you visit forukraine.com, you’ll see an easy way to donate to a fund that goes directly to 30 grassroots organizations supporting refugees and displaced people right now.”
“Ukrainian refugees and refugees all over the world need critical assistance,” she continues. “We need everyone to stay aware and engaged on what is happening before our very eyes.” Learn more about the social media rally and show your support here.
“Ukrainian refugees and refugees all over the world need critical assistance.” —Oprah