Terrific reader submission (an "op ed", so to speak)
in Al Jazeera. Yeah, them.
Don't hold that against the substance.
Take a moment and read:
We cannot talk to our mothers because of Russian propaganda
The war in Ukraine has not yet reached Belarus, but it has already drawn a
wedge between those of us abroad and our mothers back home.
"I know what's going on in Ukraine," she retorted. "Use your brain, Russians
don't kill civilians," said my mother, an ethnic Russian. "Who did it then?"
I exclaimed in disbelief. "The Ukrainian fascists, nazis," she said. She
pronounced the word "nazi-ki", as popularised by talk shows that made my
stomach turn. "Armed Ukrainian hooligans took Irpin hostage," she said.
"They shot the residents who wanted to leave!" The story told by my mother
sounded surreal, but to her, it was the truth. Because my mother gets her
news from Russian TV channels and Facebook.
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
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