Volunteers give hope to children of Chernobyl
A group of volunteers flew to Belarus to work in the Vesnova children's mental asylum 175km from Chernobyl, the scene of the world's worst nuclear accident.
Many of the children were dumped by authorities or impoverished families unable to cope with the physical and learning disabilities they suffered.
"They're all mentally and physically disabled, have withered legs and arms, and very grotesque physical disabilities," Blanchardstown man Brendan (41) told the Irish Independent.
"People with any trade at all are going over just to play with the children and show them some love and care because they don't get any one-to-one attention."