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'I cannot believe that it's happening': Family fleeing Ukraine receives 'huge' support from Austin

Vitaly, baby Olivia and Olha Makhov were overflowing with gratitude to be safe with their family. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

The Makhov family had already been planning an extended trip to Austin late this summer—the Russian invasion on Ukraine pushed the voyage on them much sooner than expected.

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AISD welcomes Afghan students and families relocating to Austin

AISD is welcoming Afghan students and families through its Refugee Family Support Services Office. (Bob Daemmrich)

In light of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, Austin ISD announced the district is welcoming newly-arrived Afghan refugee students and their families on Wednesday.

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Austin Afghan community calls for family evacuation at the Texas Capitol

Austin's Afghan Community met in front of the Texas Capitol with signs and speeches to share. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Chanting "we want our family here now" and holding signs that read "#SaveAfghanWomen" or "#SanctionPakistan," dozens of Afghan Austinites gathered in front of the Texas Capitol to make a plea to save their families and raise local awareness for the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.

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