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Children from a city affected by Fukushima accident have arrived to the Czech Republic

A total of 34 children aged 12 to 14 years from the Japanese city of Namie, which was exposed to radiation in relation to the accident at Fukushima nuclear power plant last year, has landed at the Airport Prague – Ruzyně on Wednesday 1 August 2012.  

These children will be staying in the Czech Republic for two weeks and undergo rehabilitation and recondition stay with a rich accompanying program full of leisure activities.
"I'm glad that we managed to ensure the stay for children who have already experienced so many dramatic events at such a young age. The Czech Republic again shows that we are not indifferent to what is happening around us,"said Jaroslav Hruška, the First Deputy Minister of the Interior. The stay is covered from the funds of international development cooperation for 2012 backed by the Ministry of the Interior.
The children will be staying in the Czech Republic from August 1st to 12th.  They are going to stay in Oliva´s Children Hospital in Říčany. And they are going to visit for example the Prague ZOO, see the sights of the historical centre of Prague or go for a trip to Kutná Hora.
 The city of Namie is situated around 8 kilometres from the wrecked nuclear power plant and its inhabitants had to be evacuated after devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
The city is now a part of the forbidden zone, and this condition is likely to change for several decades.
The children are staying in the Czech Republic on the basis of an offer made by the first Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg during his visit to Japan in October 2011.

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