Chernobyl respite

September 04 2017

CHILDREN from a region of Belarus which is still affected by the Chernobyl disaster have been staying with families in and around Downend thanks to the efforts of a local charity.

CHILDREN from a region of Belarus which is still affected by the Chernobyl disaster have been staying with families in and around Downend thanks to the efforts of a local charity.

The Bristol Link of Chernobyl Children's Life Line flew 16 children to the area in July for a four-week respite break from the ongoing health effects of the 1986 disaster. 

Eight boys and eight girls from the Belarusian town of Osipovichi and the nearby village of Protesavichi stayed with local volunteer families and returned home on August 6. Accompanying them were two teachers who acted as interpreters.