Chernobyl children spending first day on with Irish host families

A group of Chernobyl children are spending their first day with their host families across Ireland.

Thirty children arrived in Dublin Airport yesterday evening, as part of an urgent mission by Chernobyl Children International to airlift them out of Belarus and away from lethal forest fires.

The fires are spreading contaminated fumes across the region.

To date, Chernobyl Children International has delivered nearly €100m worth of humanitarian and medical aid to impoverished communities across Belarus, Ukraine and Western Russian since the nuclear disaster in 1986.

Founder Adi Roche said she is extremely proud of how the Irish people have helped the Chernobyl Children over the last 30 years.

"We have gone through several recessions in the last 30 years and never once did the people of Ireland fail to rise to the needs of children who have been forgotten by the rest of the world, children who have been relegated to the realms of history by the rest of the world, but not by the people of Ireland," she said.

"We rise up every time. People have given us extraordinary support over three decades."

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