Greece is set to host some 600 Ukrainian children in summer camps throughout the country, courtesy of the Panhellenic Union of Private Initiative Camp Operators.
In Athens, the children and the 22 adults escorting them were welcomed at Syntagma Square by Deputy Migration & Asylum Minister Sofia Voultepsi and Ukraine’s Ambassador to Greece Sergii Shutenko. Those who arrived in Thessaloniki and will be housed in summer camps in Chalkidiki were welcomed by Deputy Interior Minister for Macedonia Thrace Stavros Kalafatis.
“It is not within our power to end the war, or to erase from children’s souls the trauma left by the loss, the destruction, and the violence of the war,” Voultepsi said on their arrival. “What we can offer is a few moments of being joyful and carefree, to insert a positive memory into such harsh images.”
The Ukrainian ambassador emphasized that “it is impossible to understand what these children have experienced, as they faced the brutality of the Russian occupation forces in the first weeks of the Russian war.”
Two more groups of children will follow on August 12 and 17.