“My name is Remy and I am from Estonia, I have been living in the Canary Islands for seven years. I send this letter to the women of Ukraine to support them in these moments of war against Russia. Every day I wake up with news of the bombing in Kiev and other cities. I find it terrible what is happening to them. I hope this all ends as soon as possible. I send you a lot of support.”
It is one of the letters written by the children of Las Galletas (Arona) in which they send all their encouragement to the Ukrainian people and their solidarity in the face of the military operation launched by Moscow. They are 11 and 12-year-old schoolchildren, some of whom address their words directly to the Russian president. This is the case of Emiliano, who begins his writing this way: “Hello, Putin. I would like him to empathize with the civilians who are killed daily by his Army. Why doesn’t he reflect and end the war?
Estiven directs his lines to a Ukrainian grandmother he saw on television: “Dear Anastiya: I know that this is a very critical moment, I hope you are in a safe place and that your family is with you. I can only tell you that you have to face this with the greatest possible spiritual strength. We know that there are many volunteers helping. Greetings and much encouragement!”
Alba, a student from Tenerife, explains that “I can’t even think about what they are going through and what they are suffering”. Nor does it forget the drama of the women, children and the elderly who star in heartbreaking farewells to relatives who stay to fight: “I feel that it is very hard to have to leave your country and I would like to be able to help by donating clothes or food because, the truth is, it is Very sad for what they are going through.”
These are just four examples of the numerous letters written by students who are in the sixth year of primary school at CEIP Luis Álvarez Cruz de Las Galletas (Arona) sent to this newspaper in which they reflect their concern, but also their empathy and solidarity for the news that They arrive day after day from a conflict that keeps the world on edge.
Yesterday, when the bell rang at the Aronero school announcing the end of classes, the poem Sad wars by Miguel Hernández was written on the blackboard in one of the classrooms: “Sad wars if the company is not love / Sad weapons if not are the words / Sad men if they don’t die of love / Sad. sad”.