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Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Resettlers

By nickmoulds
After the worst nuclear disaster in history at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, over 200,000 people living within a 30km radius were evacuated to other cities, most never to return. Some, desperately unhappy with their new lives began to break back into the exclusion zone to resettle despite the risks. Although the exclusion zone is still in place and will remain so for many years due to elevated levels of radioactivity, the government eventually legalised a handful of resettlers, all over 70 years old. Ivan and his wife live happily with their cats amongst the radioactive hotspots, a few kilometers from the nuclear power plant.

Tags: Zone Radiation Ukraine Chernobyl Portraits and people

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Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
5 Sep 2013 4:31PM
A top journalist photo indeed.

let us all pray for peace and understanding in the current situations in the world.


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Briwooly 12 452 5 England
5 Sep 2013 4:37PM
The picture tells the story and a very interesting description

Briwooly 12 452 5 England
5 Sep 2013 4:39PM
The picture tells the story and a very interesting description

P.S on a lighter note lover her slippers Wink Grin
bluesandtwos 8 289 1 England
5 Sep 2013 5:22PM
A sad but excellent picture. As an ex hippy Blush I have serious worries about nuclear power and its consequences.

5 Sep 2013 6:13PM
The background story to this is interesting and I like the expressions and the detritus of their daily living 'on the edge' as it were.

5 Sep 2013 7:24PM
A wonderful image
termite53 4 8 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 10:27PM
Wonderful , wonderful image
SlowSong Plus
9 7.1k 30 England
6 Sep 2013 12:44PM
A superb shot. I feel for them. They look settled, danger or not.

I had a holiday booked to Russia for the week after the Chernobyl meltdown, which was cancelled, and I never did get over there. I hope these resilient people live out the rest of their lives without any disastrous health concequences.
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
6 Sep 2013 4:29PM
Truly magical image.
Robert51 9 7 55 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 4:51PM
Some pictures just jump out of the screen at you, and this is one.
Just stunning.
8 Sep 2013 9:46PM
Thanks very much for all the kind comments!

A lot of the exclusion zone is a very peaceful place now, full of forests, meadows, wildlife and birds. Although there are areas with extremely high levels of radioactivity and will be for many, many years, there are also areas with relatively safe levels. The resettlers know how best to protect themselves by taking simple precautions, and food / water is brought in from outside the zone due to the contamination in the soil. Almost all will live a natural lifespan, despite the elevated levels of radioactivity. It's not too difficult to see why they would want to live there. In many ways it's a quiet sanctuary away from the rest of the world, although they seem genuinely happy to receive visitors and tell their story!
11 Jan 2014 10:56PM
Really great capture,sums up everything.

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