CHERNOBYL CHILDREN'S PROJECT (UK)

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32 Years After Chernobyl

32 years on from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster there are still many parts of Belarus which are heavily contaminated, and the children continue to suffer the effects of long term low level radiation.

When the reactor blew up in the early hours of April 26th 1986 it spewed radioactive debris high into the air and much of it was carried across Europe and beyond. But the heaviest fallout landed in Belarus, resulting in a dramatic rise in thyroid cancer and increases in many other diseases in both children and adults.

The pictures below show: the stricken reactor; Liquidators travelling the site (around 800,000 people were involved in putting out the fires and the subsequent clean-up); a teenager’s drawing showing the sorrow of the families who had to evacuate their homes in the countryside and move to city high rise flats; a rotting cottage in the country; the abandoned theme park which was due to open just days after the accident happened; a worker at the new solar park which has been built close to Chernobyl (the reactor with its new containment structure can be seen in the background); a teenage girl imagines the radiation which is reflected back at her wherever she looks.

You can read an excellent article here about the effects of Chernobyl   https://beyondnuclearinternational.org/2018/04/22/chernobyl-facts-disaster/ and within this article you will find links to longer reports if you want to know more.

Chernobyl Children’s Project continues to support children and families living in the shadow of Chernobyl with recuperative holidays and many projects in Belarus to improve their health and well-being.