Children’s holiday camps in Greece will be filled with the voices and laughter of Ukrainian children. A total of 600 children from long-suffering Ukraine will come to the Mediterranean country at the invitation of the Panhellenic Union of Camp Operators of Private Initiative
The first group, consisting of 117 children aged 6 to 15 and their 22 escorts from Bucha (Ukraine), crossed the Greek border to Promakhonas yesterday evening, August 4, and were accommodated for one night in the camp of Sintiki. Activists of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) took care of their movement, delivery to Halkidiki, Attica and the Peloponnese.
According to APE-MPE, the children arrived in Athens this afternoon and were solemnly welcomed at the building of the Greek Parliament by Deputy Minister of Immigration and Asylum Sophia Vultepsi and Ambassador of Ukraine Serhiy Sutenko.
“It is not in our power to either end the war or erase from the children’s souls the trauma left by losses, destruction and violence. What we can offer is a few moments of joy and carelessness so that positive impressions prevail. It is necessary to build a “bridge of strong friendship” for life in a peaceful future, for which we are tirelessly fighting,” the Deputy Minister said during the reception.
For his part, the Ambassador of Ukraine stressed: “It is impossible to imagine what these children had to go through (…). For half a year now, their parents, like the whole of Ukraine, have been fighting for the freedom and peaceful future of the Motherland. Two weeks without a war may not be a long time, but I am absolutely sure that the warmth and love that the children in Greece have had from the first moment will help restore their faith in the future.”