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At the Rákóczi Association’s camp on Thursday, the State Secretary for National Policy praised Hungarian support for Transcarpathia and the people living there.
All parts of the Hungarian nation have joined forces to help Hungarians living in Transcarpathia, Árpád János Potápi said in Sátoraljaújhely. He thanked the Rákóczi Association for the joy it brought to the students, who were able to escape from the harsh daily life in war-torn Ukraine.
“I hope that this year they will not only be able to spend a week in Hungary, but that we will be able to organize similar camps here or near Lake Balaton,” the State Secretary said. Potápi stressed that Hungarians living in Hungary and the neighboring countries, the government, churches, charities, and local authorities are offering help.
He pointed out that the war, which has been going on for almost a year, has put Transcarpathia and the region in a difficult situation. The state secretary stressed that this was all the more true for the children living there, 82 percent of whom now attend Hungarian institutions in Transcarpathia.
Csongor Csáky, chairman of the Rákóczi Association, explained that in the first round of the camp, students from dormitories came to Sátoraljaújhely, and this week the participants came from the Upper Tisza region (northeastern Hungary) and Vynohradiv Raion (Nagyszőlős district, Ukraine). Next week, students from the Berehove (Beregszász, Ukraine) region, from Uzhhorod (Ungvár, Ukraine) and its surroundings, as well as from the Mukachevo (Munkács, Ukraine) district are expected, he said, adding that 250 students are expected to come to Sátoraljaújhely every week until February 17.
Csáky added that in the second week of February, with the help of the Hungarian Consulate General in Uzhhorod, nearly 50 Ukrainian students – whose parents are soldiers or police officers – will come to the camp. He pointed out that they want to make them feel for a week that Hungary and the people living here will help anyone who is in trouble.
This article was originally published on our sister site Ungarn Heute.
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