30 years after Chernobyl

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Millions of people live in radioactively contaminated regions around Chernobyl. After the fallout, there was little or no official information that was of practical use to them, so they had to take matters into their own hands.

They see differently to the rest of us. They had to work with geiger counters to map and scan their surroundings. They have a new understanding of seasons, generations and time.

Through the assistance of charitable organisations, the people in Belarus have been able to advise the Japanese who also live in areas of ‘safe’ contamination.

The two young women have the same look in their eyes.



I watched a programme about the job of shepherding sheep and the tradition of moving sheep from their winter to summer pastures. We see this happening in our part of Germany, but I didn’t realise how quickly it is dying out as a way of life. The skills these people have are so impressive and it’s an amazing sight…