When Mikhailo “Micha” Gould got off the plane at Orlando International Airport in Florida on March 11, it marked the end of a marathon journey the 15-year-old and his mother had taken to escape war in his home country of Ukraine.
But his arrival in the United States from Kyiv – with his safety guaranteed – came at a price.
Gould’s mother will soon return to Ukraine to be with his father, who has been forced to stay due to martial law prohibiting males between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country, and his grandparents. Although Gould believes that his grandparents and his mother will travel to the United States, he is unsure when to see his father next.
Although he values his safety, the return of the majority of his family to Ukraine in the midst of the Russian invasion of the country has affected him severely.
“It’s very devastating, but fortunately, they all have Wi-Fi, a source of internet, food and water, and I can still talk to them and make sure they are safe,” he told CNN.
“And I know that once it is all over, I will definitely bring them here to be with me.”
Goulud added, “My father will only be able to leave after martial law ends. Otherwise, he will have to stay there and hope for the best.”
Golud is one of the best young golfers in Ukraine and has participated in competitions around the world. After his grueling 5,000-mile journey, a visa he obtained from playing in a tournament in the United States helped him return to the country and find safety.
Read more about Gulud’s escape from Ukraine here Watch his interview with CNN here:
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