February 28, 2024, 15:12

“Crimean Tatar Families” book unveiled in Kyiv

Investigative journalist Yevheniia Henova introduced her latest work, “Crimean Tatar Families,” to the public in Kyiv. Comprising 14 narratives, the book delves into various epochs of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar history, spotlighting deportations, conflicts, famine, and protests.

The book launch occurred at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform. Taras Shevchenko, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine for European Integration, emphasized the significance of the timing, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the Day of Resistance to the Crimean Occupation.

“In light of the recent commemoration on February 26, we felt it paramount to shed renewed light on Crimea and the plight of the Crimean Tatar people. Various mediums, be it television features, audiovisual content, or books, serve as crucial conduits of information. Books, in particular, serve as tangible records of our collective history, offering authors and artists a platform for expression amidst these challenging times,” stated Shevchenko. “For Ukraine and the resilient Crimean Tatar community, striving to reclaim their homeland, preserving their heritage, remains paramount. It’s a priority not just for individuals, but for our state policy as well.”

Yevheniia Henova, the author of the book, stressed the contemporary relevance of her work’s subject matter.

“This topic couldn’t be more pertinent right now. The book’s themes are timeliness. I aim for it to resonate with everyone, irrespective of their background, as Ukraine faces an unprecedented threat that necessitates unity. True unity stems from an understanding of our shared past, guiding us toward a collective future for the Ukrainian people and all indigenous communities of Ukraine,” she emphasized.

Within the 14 narratives encapsulated in the book, Henova is confident that readers will discover not only relatable anecdotes but also sources of inspiration and resilience.

“These 14 stories are akin to conversations with cherished grandparents, filled with familiar sentiments. Amidst the tribulations, readers will undoubtedly encounter love and inspiration, for despite the hardships endured, these individuals maintain an unwavering belief in reclaiming their homes and encountering kindness along the journey,” she expressed.

Yevheniia Henova acknowledged the omission of numerous stories featuring Crimean Tatar families in her book, attributing it to the perilous situation faced by their relatives who are actively defending Ukraine against the occupation are now in danger.

Maksym Udovychenko, the Head of the Center for the Protection of the Information Space of Ukraine State Enterprise, stressed the crucial significance of publishing such literature in the present era. He emphasized the importance of ensuring that both contemporaries and future generations recognize and honor those who have fought for Ukraine’s freedom.

“The inclusion of genuine individuals and their stories in this book holds immense significance and urgency,” he emphasized.

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