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Chernobyl children arrive for summer break

The first of the annual airlift of children for the  Chernobyl Children International (CCI) touched down in Shannon Airport  on Sunday evening. The children, who come from impoverished backgrounds, institutions and foster homes in the heart of the contaminated Chernl zone will be hosted by Irish families throughout 17 counties in Ireland as part of CCI’s Summer Rest & Recuperation Programme. Despite these challenging times, Irish volunteer host families continue to raise funds locally throughout Ireland to support the children and ensure they benefit from a cleaner environment. Adi Roche, Voluntary CEO, CCI, said, “Despite the difficult economic circumstances many families find themselves in Ireland, our volunteers have opened their hearts and their homes this summer to children who so desperately need our help. “While the Chernobyl accident happened almost 30 years ago the consequences last forever. My heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers who offer hope to live to the children who the world has largely forgotten.” During their stay …

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Ukraine’s instability a threat to Chernobyl

THE increasingly volatile situation in strife-torn Ukraine has raised fresh fears over a $2 billion internationally funded construction project to make the still highly unstable Chernobyl nuclear power plant safe for the next 100 years, according to a leading anti-nuclear campaigner. The world’s worst nuclear accident occurred at Chernobyl – a two hour, 120 kilometre drive – north of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on April 26, 1986. The explosion affected the lives of more than seven million people. Twenty-eight years later, efforts are still continuing to try to prevent the spread of its deadly radiation. A gigantic containment shield – the largest movable structure ever constructed – was due to be placed over the leaking reactor by October 2015 but it has now emerged that this could be delayed by up to two years, Chernobyl Children International CEO, Adi Roche has said. “At the heart of this latest setback for the huge engineering project is the economic crisis facing Ukraine because …

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