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Manuel Betancur is a Colombian baker recognized as the 'hero of bread'. Photo: Instagram
Manuel Betancur is a Colombian baker recognized as the 'hero of bread'. Photo: Instagram

Colombian chef in the war in Ukraine

Manolo Betancur left the United States to become the 'Hero of Bread'.

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The Colombian has a bakery located in Charlotte, United States, Manolo's Latin Bakery. This place, according to the newspaper El Tiempo, "is a symbol of the immigrants' struggle". 

Betancur has worked from the beginning to help the most vulnerable from his kitchen, so since last week he has been between Kiev and Bucha, in Ukraine, where the war has not stopped yet. 

"If you feed the stomach, you feed the spirit," Manolo said through a press release on his website.

The 'Hero of Bread', as he has been called, traveled to the war zone to personally deliver a second donation for US$20,000 to Ukrainian bakers who continue to make bread every day in their endangered communities, reported El Tiempo. 

With the donations he has taken to the towns it has been possible to rebuild two ovens that were once destroyed by Russian troops, as well as to buy a van so that they can. 

"Bread is life, bread is love, bread is God," Manolo mentions on his website.

The 'Hero of Bread' was in Bucha and Kyiv during the week of November 1st to 6th. He also passed through Kiev before returning to North Carolina, he reported in a press release after his return.

The We Care initiative seeks to make all the money raised at his Charlotte, North Carolina, bakery the seed of an action that will continue around the world, helping bakers and their communities.

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