Almost 180 Ukrainian children have enjoyed summer camps at Lake Velence, in central Hungary, this year, Miklós Soltész, the state secretary for church and minority relations and the support of persecuted Christians, said in Velence on Saturday.
Providing such summer camps for youth sends the message that solidarity is of key importance, regardless of the political situation or the conflict with Ukraine’s political leaders over the language law, Soltész said. The Hungarian government believes it is important to try and support the physical and emotional recreation of those children whose immediate family have been injured or killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, he added.
Hungary has hosted some 2,000 Ukrainian children over the past four years.
György Kravcsenko, who heads the Ukrainian minority in Hungary, said the Ukrainian children had come to Velence for three one-week-long camps between July 23 and August 12. They got to know the area and even paddle in dragon boats, he added.
Brigitta Szuperák, who speaks for the Ukrainian minority in Hungary’s parliament, thanked the government for making the summer camps available again this year to the children affected by the armed conflict.
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