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Kofinou requests Arabic language school

Members of the Kofinou community discussing the issue on Wednesday

The community of Kofinou has requested an Arabic language school for the children of asylum seekers living at a reception centre in the area.

Ten children were expected to attend primary school at Kofinou, the head of the community Despo Charalambous said, but there could be more as around 35 were included in the 115 people rescued off the coast of Larnaca over the weekend.

The 10 children, who have been at the centre since last year, are taught in Greek but “we would like Kofinou to have an Arabic language school” so that they learn their language, Charalambous said.

The centre was visited by the House Human Rights Committee, which was informed about the living conditions.

Committee chairman Sophocles Fyttis said there were 285 people at the centre, which has a capacity for 400.

The community is also asking for more doctors and nurses for the local medical centre, which also treats the asylum seekers.


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