On the 26 th of April 1986, the reactor No. 4 of
the Chernobyl nuclear station exploded, rocking the world with the worst
human and ecological disaster of all times.
Since then the radiation is poisoning the life
of about 8 million people of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia who are living
in the ignorance of the clear consequences of that catastrophe on their
In the days that followed the explosion, communities
were torn apart as thousands of families -almost 400.000 people- were evacuated
because radiation levels in their homes had become unsafe.
Ten years after that terrible accident, medical
care and assistance for the victims is rare and very difficult to obtain.
Ten years after ,we returned to Chernobyl in Ukraine
which looks surprisingly beautiful and serene from the outside, but where
nothing is normal anymore. We visited the people and the evacuees of that
devastated area of Russia and Belarus.
For them of course, it is not a question of forgetting.In
each piece of earth, in each breath of the air a silent threat veils their
existence which has changed for ever.
Like all the scientists, they question"What
is our future? what is the future of our children?". Because that accident
was the first nuclear accident of humanity and there is no past experience
And yet people of Ukraine and Belarus have learned
to live now with that invisible monster. They have learned to live with
the suffering very slowly, with a certain strength, a certain dignity.
And yet life goes on...
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