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Chernobyl children's charity in trouble over visa changes - John Willats report

Visits to the East Midlands by children from Belarus may come under threat because of government plans to charge for their travel visas.

Trips to the UK are organised every year for thousands of children still badly affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. But one of the charities involved says the visa charge could force them to bring fewer children in the future. John Willats reports.


Chernobyl children visit, full report

A group of children from Belarus have been in Birmingham today to visit the new science park at Millenium Point.

They also watched a 3D film on the Midlands' largest cinema screen.

The trip was part of a four week visit organised by a charity that aims to help youngsters in the Eastern European country affected by the nineteen eighty six nuclear disaster.

Our reporter Callum Watkinson joined them on their visit to find out what difference it's made to their lives so far.

Chernobyl children visit West Midlands

Some of the children visiting Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

A charity from Leicestershire, 'Friend of Chernobyl's Children', has arranged a visit to some of Birmingham's top tourist attractions for fifteen children who have each been affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

The visit to the West Midlands is part of a 5 year family hosting programme that's designed to improve their health and give them respite from the difficult conditions they endure in their home country of Belarus.

Organisers also hope the trip will give the children, aged between 8 and 11 years, the opportunity to learn about different cultures and history.