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Chernobyl Children Arrive For Recreation

July 26, 1990

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ About 100 Soviet teen-agers who were victims of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster have arrived for a monthlong vacation in Denmark, newspapers said Thursday.

The children, ages 13 to 15, will spend time in outdoor scout camps and will stay a week with Danish families.

Under a project of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, about 1,200 Chernobyl-area children will have holidays in western European countries this summer. The group for Denmark arrived Wednesday.

The children suffer from blood, glandular and other disease, following the April 1986 explosion at the nuclear power station.

″The air at home has completely changed since the accident. We have been told not to go into certain parts of the town,″ said Luda Balmasheva, 13, of Kirov.

″Vegetables now have a completely different taste,″ said Alexander Tatrinov, 15, of Zhlobin.