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Returned Peace Corps volunteer reflects on her time in Ukraine as conflict continues

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A baby sits with his mother inside a train leaving the Lviv railway station, in Lviv, west Ukraine, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

As sanctions pile up against Russia for invading Ukraine, many are hopeful talks will change the unfolding path, including those who served in Ukraine with the Peace Corps.

Caroline Mackenzie is president of the group Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii. She served in the Donbas region which is now said to be under Russian control. The escalating violence has flooded her with memories, during a week when we celebrate the start of John F. Kennedy’s Peace Corps program — aimed at a deep cultural and political exchange. The Conversation talked to her on the 61st anniversary of the creation of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961.

This interview aired on The Conversation on March 2, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

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