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Beautiful smiles and hugs all round as Chernobyl kids arrive for Irish holidays

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 27/06/2015 | 19:55

Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured were Maryna Tsitova and Andrea Keogh from Kilkenny. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured were Maryna Tsitova and Andrea Keogh from Kilkenny. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured were Maryna Tsitova and Andrea Keogh from Kilkenny. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured were Maryna Tsitova and Andrea Keogh from Kilkenny. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.

These very special Chernobyl children have arrived here to spend the summer with families in Ireland.

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The group of 30 children - who come from impoverished backgrounds and State-run institutions - will get a reprieve from the toxic environment and high levels of radiation to which they are exposed in Belarus and Ukraine.

Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured was Sasha Leukin with Adi Roche. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured was Sasha Leukin with Adi Roche. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured were Maryna Tsitova and Andrea Keogh from Kilkenny. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured was Nastia Sivakova. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured was Nastia Sivakova. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.

Welcomed

Host families from Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Mayo welcomed the kids yesterday for the start of their month-long holiday.

Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured was Igor Shadzkou. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured was Igor Shadzkou. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured were Maryna Tsitova and Andrea Keogh from Kilkenny. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Friday, June 26, 2015: A very special group of 30 children from Belarus landed at Dublin Airport today (Friday, June 26th) as part of an urgent mercy mission by Adi Roches Chernobyl Children International (CCI) to airlift children out of the region and away from lethal forest fires for respite care in Ireland this summer. Pictured with Adi Roche were Nastia Sivakova and Nazar Lysau. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.

Massive amounts of radioactive material were released into the environment after the explosion at the Chernobyl power plant nearly 30 years ago.

The CEO of Chernobyl Children International, Adi Roche, said the time the children spent here would prolong their lives.

"Radiation knows no boundaries, but we feel privileged to be able to give these children some relief, love and 'breathing space' at this time of year," Ms Roche said.

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