The photo-essay documents the ongoing human impact of Chernobyl on those who survived, their children, and the extended communities around them.
This photo (link to full-size), taken by Knoth in Minsk, Belarus:
Twin brothers Michael and Vladimir Iariga, 16 years old. Michael, with hydrocephalus, is five minutes older than Vladimir, who is deaf.
(...) Some areas in the closed zones around Chernobyl are so contaminated that they will have to remain closed off for up to 900 years.
Link (thanks, Ray Brown)
Reader comment: Mike says,
Thanks for letting people know that there are still repercussions from the Chernobyl disaster 20 years later. I've been fortunate to work with the Chernobyl Children's Project based in Boston as they help children in the region who suffer from radiation-related ailments. CCP provides medical care to those in need and, thanks to the generosity of volunteer host families, brings groups of children to the U.S. for month-long visits. A series of events to commemorate the anniversary of the disaster and to make sure these children aren't forgotten.
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