Athens News Agency-Macedonian Press Agency
Belgrade, 20 December 2006

Greek families will be the hosts of children from Serbia during the Christmas holidays, according to the Red Cross of Serbia.

A total of 216 children of refugees, who lost a parent in the war, as well as children of poor families will spend Christmas in Greece again this year within the framework of the hospitality programme for Serb children held by the Serb and the Greek Red Cross.

Cooperation between the Greek and Serb Red Cross for the hosting of children from Serbia was launched in 1993 and since then an estimated 16,000 children, most of them refugees, have stayed with Greek families.

Many children were helped this way to overcome psychological problems caused by the traumatic experiences they lived through while close friendship ties have been forged and in most cases the contact of the children and the host families continues.

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