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A severely mentally and physically handicapped girl moans loudly as a nurse checks her for pressure sores and other health problems at an orphanage for children with mental and physical disabilities near the town of Vesnova on April 18, 2006. About 160 boys and girls from 3 to 18 years of age, including about 30 children who are highly dependent, live at the center, which has been in existence for more than 30 years in the remote countryside about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of the capital Minsk. An Irish charitable organization, Chernobyl Children's Project International, has been delivering humanitarian supplies, paying salaries for more nurses and renovating most of the building since 2002 to improve the living conditions of the children.

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A severely mentally and physically handicapped girl moans loudly as a nurse checks her for pressure sores and other health problems at an orphanage for children with mental and physical disabilities near the town of Vesnova on April 18, 2006. About 160 boys and girls from 3 to 18 years of age, including about 30 children who are highly dependent, live at the center, which has been in existence for more than 30 years in the remote countryside about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of the capital Minsk. An Irish charitable organization, Chernobyl Children's Project International, has been delivering humanitarian supplies, paying salaries for more nurses and renovating most of the building since 2002 to improve the living conditions of the children.