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A Houstonian shares her story about evacuating Ukraine before the attacks

Today, we bring you the personal story of a Houstonian who had been working in Ukraine but fled the country last month – and is now back home in Texas. Plus, we discuss the latest national and local COVID-19 guidelines.

A firefighter holds the baby of a refugee fleeing the conflict from neighbouring Ukraine at the Romanian-Ukrainian border, in Siret, Romania, Monday, March 7, 2022.


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NPR reports that more than 1.5 million people are fleeing Ukraine, creating Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War Two.

Today, we bring you the personal story of Houstonian who had been working in Ukraine but fled the country last month – and is now back home in Texas.

What did she experience while in Ukraine? What did she go through in order to get out of the country?

Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here’s a list of charities via NPR.

We also have an update on COVID, in light of the CDC's recent loosening of mask guidelines.

Some of Texas’ largest public school districts, including HISD, have also dropped their mask mandates for students, teachers and other staff as cases of COVID in the state continue to decrease.

Is the pandemic finally on its way out?


Dr. James McDeavitt

  • Executive vice president and dean of clinical affairs at Baylor College of Medicine

Lindsey Murff

  • International teacher who lived and worked in Kyiv, Ukraine, but evacuated on Feb. 1 back to her hometown of Houston

Ambassador Michael Pelletier

  • Executive Director, University of Houston Institute for Global Engagement
  • Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros

UH will address the Impact of the Russian-Ukraine Conflict with a panel discussion featuring experts in History, Political Science and Foreign Affairs, Thursday, March 10, 6pm at UH Honors College Commons located in the MD Anderson Library, Room 212.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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