Translators Tanya Halanava and Natasha Kazliakouskaya with Chernobyl Children on a visit to Spike Island on Tuesday 18 July

29 young children from the Belarus region of Chernobyl visited Spike Island on Tuesday 18th July.
The youngsters who come from an area still affected by radiation fallout from the Chernobyl disaster 31 years on, enjoyed all the island had to offer.
The Chernobyl Children International established by humanitarian and peace campaigner Aidi Roche has been giving young children from Belarus and the Ukraine a health boost for over two decades.
The group have been organising trips for 25 years.
Millions continue to live in contaminated zones with exposure to radioactive pollution.
Last year 30 years after the disaster the United Nations designated 26 April as International Chernobyl Remembrance day, raising awareness of the long-term effects of a nuclear disaster.
Alfie Street from the Cork outreach group, Chernobyl Children International says there is a real benefit to the children’s visit here.
“By taking the children out of Chernobyl for a month to Ireland it increases their immune system by two years.”
Translator Natasha Kazliakouskaya said “when the children come they are pale and tired and they are so fresh going back home. Really you can see the difference.”
“They have so much care and love in the Irish families, they miss their Irish mamas and papas when they go home. They become part of the family.”
Miss Kazliakouskaya said there will be a lot of tiers when both children and families will depart company today Thursday 20 July after spending a month in Cork.
Throughout their month in Cork the children have visited Trabolgan, Fota Island as well as trips to the cinema and beach.

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