Russia-Ukraine War: Woman tries to help refugees while father is trapped there

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A Houston-based Ukrainian feels helpless knowing her father cannot escape the war, which has inspired her to help others.

Dariya Dashuntina has called Houston her home since she was 16. It’s a place she was able to enjoy together with her father after moving from Ukraine.

Dashuntina said she longs for that joy again and is worried about being able to create more memories.

“The worst month of my life,” Dashutina said. “I never thought something like this would happen in the 21st century.”

Dashuntina’s father Dmitro could not escape Ukraine when the war started. Dmitro moved to an area with less fighting, but living quarters were not easy.

“They had to drive a bit, then hide, and then walk, and then drive again,” Dashuntina recalled.

Being a man under 60, Dmitro is not allowed to leave Ukraine if he has to do military service.

“I would do anything to bring my father here,” Dashuntina said. “If I had to go there personally and do anything to bring him, I would.”

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He may not come to the US, but more Ukrainian refugees will come soon. On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry announced that 100,000 refugees will be taken in.

The department also works on programs for those who already have dependents in America. Dashuntina said she thinks it’s a start but knows it won’t be easy.

That’s why she’s working to set up a foundation to help refugees learn English, get food and find housing.

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“So I feel like I’m helping my father today here in the United States through these people in need,” Dashuntina said.

She said she will continue to try to offer comfort to her father as the war continues, to let him know he is not alone.

“Everything will be fine and I will do everything to bring you here,” Dashuntina said. “Whatever is necessary.”

It’s a promise Dashuntina wants to keep because without him, she wouldn’t be safe in Houston.

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