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Sunday 21 January 2018

Chernobyl children arrive for summer break

Barry Duggan

MORE than 130 children arrived into the country today as part of the Chernobyl Children International (CCI) annual airlift.

Flights from Minsk transporting 500 children to Ireland have arrived in recent weeks and today’s arrival from Minsk to Shannon Airport was the fourth of five flights this summer.

The children coming from the heart of the contaminated Chernobyl zone will be hosted by hundreds of families across the country.

Many of those making today's long flight come from very impoverished backgrounds in Belarus/Western Russia.

While providing the children a memorable holiday, their trip to Ireland also allows respite from the high levels of radiation to which they continue to be exposed as a result of the 1986 Chernobyl explosion.

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