ELCHE is to host an Afghan refugee family.
Osman, the seven-year-old refugee with cerebral palsy, will stay in Elche along with his family.
As previously reported in the Euro Weekly News, Osman was found in a refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece by two Elche firefighters who were volunteering in the humanitarian effort.
Upon their return they actively sought for the youngster to be cared for in the city, and following an online petition that over 160,000 people signed, the dream is now to become a reality.
General Director of Cooperation and Solidarity Federico Buyolo confirmed that the final destination of the Afghan refugee and his family will be the city of Elche.
It was originally intended that he should go straight to Elche, but given the delicate state of his health and of one of his parents, the family will go straight to Valencia’s Hospital La Fe for treatment, and will reside at the Centre for Assistance to Refugees of Mislata.
“Then, when we make sure they are more stable and their lives are not in danger, they will be transferred to Elche, where the council is already preparing them housing” said Buyolo.
The family, including Osman’s parents and two brothers will arrive at Madrid’s Barajas Airport before being transferred by ambulance to Valencia.
Minister for Health, Carmen Monton said the hospital is “ready” to receive the child despite the absence of medical records.