Gytis Snyder packing toys
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13-year-old boy fighting chronic illness plans toy donation to Lithuanian orphanage he came from

Gytis Snyder, a 13-year-old boy from Franklin, Tennessee, has led an effort to collect several shopping carts full of toys for an orphanage for disabled or chronically ill children in Lithuania. The orphanage has special significance for the young boy, who is fighting cystic fibrosis – it is the orphanage from which his parents adopted him when he was just 5 years old. […]

A protest in front of Norway's embassy in Vilnius

Controversy over Lithuanian children seized in Norway prompts hard look inwards

Protests have sprung up across a number of countries against the actions of Barnevernet, the Norwegian children’s welfare service that has removed numerous children from migrant families in Norway. Last Thursday, one such protest sprang up in front of the Norwegian embassy in Vilnius but Linas Linkevičius, the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said “only a legal path, not populist protests and rallies, can be used to negotiate with Norway for the children that were taken from those Lithuanians”. […]