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The families of the statistics miss their loved ones.

...The head of the Kazakh “liquidators” organization, Bakitzhan Satov, said that Zhusupov had been one of the first men at the scene after the reactor explosion. Later he worked at the Soviet nuclear testing site in Semipalatinsk.

Some of Zhusupov’s friends said he felt humiliated by his government’s neglect and blamed them for living in poverty.  Watching the serial, they say revived those emotions and led him to take his own life in June.


"Even if you can't do everything- it doesn't mean you can't do anything. " Lucas Hixson

***Chernobyl children are taking vacation breaks to escape radiation, but there aren't enough families to host them***

Europe is still reeling from the radioactive legacy of Chernobyl, a 1986 nuclear disaster that resulted in widespread contamination in Belarus, Ukraine, and Western Russia.

More than 30 years after the core of a nuclear reactor opened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, locals near the plant are still exposed to radioactive contaminants through their food and water supply. In 2018, scientists discovered that milk in Ukrainian villages contained five times the amount of cesium considered safe for adults and 12 times the safe limit for children.

As second-generation victims of Chernobyl, children growing up near the disaster zone have seen health problems since birth such as enlarged thyroids, cancer, and respiratory illnesses. Some environmentalists and pediatricians have linked these health problems to contaminated food and drink.

In 1991, Adi Roche, then a volunteer in the Chernobyl zone, received a fax from Belarusian and Ukrainian doctors, asking her to remove children from the area so their bodies could have time to recover from radiation exposure. The fax inspired Roche to found Chernobyl Children International, an organization that sets up vacations in Ireland for children living in contaminated areas. To date, the group has helped organize stays for around 25,000 children, though it estimates that around 1 million children live in zones affected by the disaster.