David and Karissa Rae, of Creswell, pose with their four host children from Ukraine: Maks Muntian, Valya Muntian, Pasha Muntian and Dasha Muntian. The siblings are spending 10 weeks with the Raes over the summer. Aliya Hall/The Creswell Chronicle
Unlike most children from overseas visiting the U.S., 12-year-old Valya Muntian said that the reason she wanted to come to the country was ”to get a break from all the difficulties, to feel calm.”
She sat at the kitchen table with her three siblings: Maks, Pasha and . . .