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March 7, 2022

What Is It Like Being A Ukrainian Refugee?


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Gathering heirlooms, clothes, pets amid Russian bombardment, nearly a million and a half Ukrainians will flee the country in coming days, making it one of the largest refugee crises in Europe in recent history. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Simon Ostrovsky reports from the Ukraine-Polish border where hundreds of thousands have been arriving after fleeing Russian bombardment in civilian areas. 

Watch the video below, or skim the segments from the latest NewsHour, and choose the story that works best for your class. 

NOTE: Some segments from this broadcast contain disturbing images of war. Please review all material before sharing with your classroom.  

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Discussion Questions

  • Who are some of the individuals or groups of people mentioned in the news summary?
  • What stories are covered?
  • Where do some of the stories take place?
  • When did those stories occur?
  • Why did the event(s) take place?
  • How do you think the NewsHour’s producers decided which stories made it into the news summary?

Focus Questions

What did you notice in the video? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more? What questions came to mind when you were watching this story? What questions would you like to ask reporter Simon Ostrovsky?

Media Literacy: Who else do you think should have been interviewed in the story you watched?

It is understandable to feel upset because of events in Ukraine, particularly after seeing disturbing images of war. Who are some people you can talk with at school and outside school? If you are not sure, check with your teacher.

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