I visited the Zones of Exclusion to work on a photo essay about Chernobyl and the aftermath of the nuclear disaster, which occured in April 1986. In my report I show what a disaster of this magnitude can cause to nature and our environment.
Pripyat, a city in the north of Ukraine near the border with Belarus, was founded to house the power plant workers and their families. After the explosion at the nuclear power plant, the city was evacuated within two days and has been abandoned since. In an era where the use of nuclear energy still raises questions in its safety and durability, this disaster remains a present news item.
I was introduced to several elderly people who are still living in Chernobyl and the surrounding areas. They returned to their houses weeks and months after the nuclear disaster, and some even claim they never left the area. They are still disappointed with the way the governement dealt with this catastrophy.
In April 2011 we commemorated the 25th anniversary of this terrible disaster. The residents of the area around Chernobyl and Belarus still have to live with the consequences every day.