Bulgarian village continues ‘war’ over refugee children – but denies racism

A group of refugee children from Somalia and Afghanistan may end up going to school in Sofia after residents of the Bulgarian village of Kalishte in the Kovachevitsa area campaigned against the children being admitted to the local school.

On September 15, the first day of the Bulgarian school year, a special meeting of the Kovachevitsa municipal council issued an “ultimatum” for the Somali and Afghan families to leave the national children’s ecological complex in the town by October 30.

At the complex, 82 men, 79 women and 105 children are being housed.

Residents of Kalishte rallied against admitting the foreign children to the village school, arguing that the immigrants would infect them with “lice, worms and chicken pox.”

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