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‘Bathed in love’: The inspirational success story of one of Ireland’s Chernobyl children


by Tania Reut
28th Jul 2021
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Once a Chernobyl child in Ireland, today a political leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the rival of Europe’s last dictator returned to Ireland and met the Irish family that hosted her 18 years ago. Tania Reut reports.

Two very special people sit in Roscrea, county Tipperary, watching and waiting. Marian and Henry Deane hosted Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya as a Chernobyl child back in the 90s. They were nervous and excited to see her for the first time in 18 years. But instead of the little girl they welcomed into their home all those years ago, Sviatlana is now the Bularisian opposition leader, an out-spoken and respected politician in her own right. Reunion with...

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