Elche greets Saharan children fostered for the summer

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A NUMBER of small children arrived in Elche from refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, on the morning of Friday July 3.
Angela Carillo, president of the association Assistance Sahara, said that this year, the number of children arriving in Elche to spend the hot summer months with foster parents had increased to 22.
This trip presents an opportunity for these children to receive a thorough medical check-up, pointed out Carrillo. The small communities where the children habitually live have barely enough to eat and there are certainly no provisions made for routine medical treatment. Therefore the Saharawi children are dependent on their foster families in Spain to survive the harsh summer months.
The children will spend their first week getting to know their host families and becoming adjusted to their new environment before joining in summer activities with other children from the local community, which will include picnics, lunch as guests of local councillors, days out with other families and river safaris.

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