The youngsters and their mothers enjoyed the swimming pools and animals
“Particularly shocking” – Every single minute, 55 children have fled their country. A Ukrainian child has become a refugee almost every single second since the start of the war. UNICEF spokesperson James Elder went on to say: “This refugee crisis is, in terms of speed and scale, unprecedented since the Second World War and shows no signs of slowing down.”
Centre Algarve in Moncarapacho, believed to be Europe’s only residential holiday centre solely for people with special needs, was, therefore, only too pleased to throw open their doors to over 20 young children from the war zone.
The bewildered youngsters and their mothers – the fathers remaining in Ukraine – were soon enjoying the swimming pools and being introduced to a wide range of animals, including meerkats and exotic birds.
The children, all being hosted and cared for by families and the local authority in the municipality of Loulé, face an uncertain future, but they certainly enjoyed their time at Centre Algarve.
By CHRIS WRIGHT