CHERNOBYL'S HUMAN COST AS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES

In the days following the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, 99 % of the land of Belarus was contaminated to varying degrees by radioactive fallout. A quarter of a century on, the costs to those living in the region are widespread. A generation later, children are being born with birth defects, heart problems and thyroid cancer. High unemployment and poverty is putting pressure on family life. Social problems and domestic abuse are widespread. Today, there are about 7 million people living with the physical and psychological legacy of this man made disaster