The Ongoing Suffering of Chernobyl’s Survivors



Image: Kamil Porembinski on Flickr

The Chernobyl disaster of 1986 represents the world’s worst nuclear accident. The initial explosion killed two employees and exposed 28 workers to lethal doses of radiation. An additional 106 people were hospitalized for several months with acute radiation sickness. During the long clean-up process, a further 750,000 workers, known as ‘liquidators’, were also exposed to varying doses of radiation over several years. On top of this, over 350,000 people were relocated, forced from their homes and the lives they knew.


Image: Kamil Porembinski

The fallout from Chernobyl covered tens of thousands of square miles and led to the abandonment of an entire city. The worst area around the reactor became known as the “exclusion zone”, a place where radiation levels will remain high for years. Despite all this, a few elderly people still make their home in the zone.

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