Some 1,000 Ukrainians live in the Bosnian town of Prnjavor, many of whom gathered on Tuesday in the Ukrainian church to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption.
On that occasion, Orel Zakuljak, a priest of the Ukrainian Church in Prnjavor, which is often called little Europe, pointed out for N1 that he prays for both of his homelands, not only for Ukraine but for Bosnia and Herzegovina as well.
“Every day we pray for peace in our homeland at our worship services, despite being thousands of kilometres away. We pray that our homeland Ukraine will never find itself in what our homeland Bosnia and Herzegovina found itself in,” said the priest Orel Zakuljak.
Nada and Tomo Brezovski also attended the celebration of this holiday in Prnjavor. Tuesday marks the 53rd anniversary of their marriage, and none of their four children lives in Bosnia.
They pointed out that they also pray for both their countries, but also for the “minds of politicians.”
“We prayed not only for Ukraine but also for this country in which we live. We prayed that God would enlighten politicians’ minds,” Tomo Brezovski told N1.
His wife also recalled the past.
“We pray the most for peace here where we are – to have peace and harmony, to live the way we lived, to live in harmony regardless of nationality,” she said.
It is interesting to point out that around15 percent of all national minorities in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity live in the municipality of Prnjavor.