Chernobyl Children are not allowed in Britain

Children affected by the Chernobyl accident, the recent regularly are not allowed in the UK for recovery, denying them visas. This writes in the Sunday edition of the British weekly Independent. We will acquaint you with the content of this article.

Since the time of the accident in the 1986 British charities organized for children from the affected areas of Belarus and Ukraine wellness trip to British families. But now, these organizations complain that their work has become impossible, as the UK Border Agency is often refuses visas at the last moment.

Last month, only seven of the 17 children who had to travel to the UK with the help of the charity initiative "Lifeline Children of Chernobyl", received visas. The remaining 10 reported on the eve of a trip that she canceled. Another British charity, "Medicine and Chernobyl" this year, at least eight were denied visas.

10-year-old Vladislav Shpachuk, who lives just 110 kilometers from the accident site, was one of those who was denied a visa. He suffers from regular headaches, and his family can not afford, on the advice of a doctor to carry out at least a month for a year outside the infected area. His mother, Svetlana Shpachuk says that on the evening napyayaredadni out "he was ready to leave. He told us that he could not wait until morning, when the minibus will take him to the airport. And then we got a call and was told that did not work with the visa. We were afraid to say it to him, and when we told him crying and asked, "Why me?"

The UK Border Agency says that more stringent measures were prompted by concern for the safety of children. But British families who take in children, pre-tested in the Bureau of Criminal documentation and approved charitable organizations. In one case, two children had come to one family, and one got the visa and the other refused, calling into question the explanation Border Agency.

Children in some areas of Belarus and Ukraine still fall under the risk of fatal disease through zabruzhanae environment. Moon in Britain, where they have the opportunity to have a cleaner products, breathe cleaner air and gain strength, can increase their life expectancy.

"Very unusual test"

British families who take children reported Independent, which sometimes become targets "very unusual" checks by border guards. Some call in the morning, the Agency from Moscow, Kiev and Minsk, and asked for letters to name the children who come to them, and asked whether to feed the children. In some cases, the Agency generally no contact with their families, but were denied visas. The agency argues that in each case there was "adequate verification".

Paul Smith, social worker and the head of one of the branches of the initiative "Lifeline Children of Chernobyl", says the effect of the boundary agentva do not protect children. "The agency has access to the files of the criminal records office, and such calls do not reach. These families — the unsung heroes who work for free, to give the kids a chance."

Linda Walker, Executive Director of the Children of Chernobyl project, faced with a similar questioning of the Border Agency. "I find it hard to understand why the border agency now requires [the parents the children of Chernobyl] documentation to" prove "that dyaey have reason to return home after a trip."

These problems appeared simultaneously with the cardinal change in the approach to free visas for victims of Chernobyl. All of the children affected by the Chernobyl disaster are entitled to a free visa, but most have to pay for the visa of 70 British pounds.
Former British ambassador to Belarus Brian Bennett says: "Charitable organizations better protect children than the border agency. I can not understand why [denied visas]. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the visa should be free — they may angry that children do not get paid."

The representative of the Border Agency Barbara Woodward says, "is underway is not about bureaucracy, and the protection of children. Accordingly, we check that there is parental consent, and that the relevant conditions have been established for living."

"It is a few days could not talk"

Stephen and Nicky Ray waiting for the visit of the three children in her family. They have two children pryenyh, they were checking the criminal records office, and the earlier they have repeatedly taken to the recovery of the children of Chernobyl. Nevertheless, all three children were denied visas.

Lyudmila Kaminska, the mother of one of the children, 11-year-old Marina Kaminski, says: "When we heard about the possibility to send our children abroad for improvement, we thought that we were insanely lucky. She suffers from frequent colds, infections, and increased her thyroid. We ourselves can not afford to send her somewhere to improve health.
So for us, this was like a bolt from the blue, when we were told that she was denied a visa. We could not believe that this has made the British consulate. What we were talking to our girl? We could not believe that someone would make such a child. She received such an injury that did not talk to us for a few days. "

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