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Hungary Will Host 700 Children from Eastern Ukraine This Summer

By Tom Szigeti // 2017.04.24.

According to wire service MTI, this year Hungary will once again play host to approximately 700 children from eastern Ukraine. The children will attend summer camps in Central Hungary.

Speaking in Kiev last Friday following talks with Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Social Policy, Natalya Fedorovich, State Secretary Miklós Soltész said that children whose fathers were killed or injured in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine’s Donetsk region will spend a week in camps at Hungary’s Velencei Lake this summer.

The children will be in groups of 40-60 at the camps. Soltész also thanked the joint efforts of Ukrainian charities and volunteers in helping Hungary host these children, whose time in the country will include day trips to Budapest. He added that, over the past two summers, Hungary has hosted nearly 1,300 children whose fathers in the war zone of eastern Ukraine.

The Hungarian state secretary also noted that this year, an additional 20 Ukrainian soldiers will undergo rehabilitation in Hungarian hospitals with government support.

Soltész also noted plans by the Hungarian government to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine this year again in cooperation with Hungarian charities.

Last year, Hungary dispatched 200 tons of humanitarian aid, including medical equipment, medicine and nonperishable food supplies to Ukraine, Soltész said.

This comes on the heels of Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó’s visit to Kiev earlier this month, where he emphasized his government’s view that, in exchange for Hungary’s “substantial help to Ukraine,” the latter country needs to protect and “guarantee the rights of ethnic Hungarians living on its territory.”

Soltész said the planned aid would be assembled based on a request by the Ukrainian government; Fedorovich mentioned medical equipment and medicine as being an acute need. This aid will be delivered by either autumn, or early winter at the very latest.

Via MTI and Hungary Matters

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