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Friday 18 April 2014

Chernobyl children jet in for summer

Magic was in the air last night as more than 100 children arrived in Ireland from the radiation-affected regions of Chernobyl.

Shannon Airport was awash with excitement as dozens of Irish families waited for the arrival of the Belavia flight carrying 145 children from Minsk.

The children, some of whom were abandoned at birth because of their disabilities, are among the first group of a total of 300 who will respite in Ireland this summer as part of the Chernobyl Children International annual airlift of children.

For the last 27 years, the group's CEO Adi Roche has brought over a total of 22,500 children from Belarus and areas of Western Russia to Ireland.

Irish Independent

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