Still no one knows exactly how many people have been affected by the disaster at Chernobyl. Even those born decades later have radiation symptoms. There are thousands of cases of cancer. Every year children are sent to Cuba for treatment. Vladimir was one of at least 18,000 children affected; "he could not sit up, lay down or eat on his own", his mother said. Of the 350,000 people displaced, only 400 have returned to the ghost town.
CHERNOBYL CHILDREN'S PROJECT (UK)
Chernobyl 25 – Casting a Shadow Over Generations to Come
This Tuesday we will mark 25 years since the disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, which had a devastating effect on the country of Belarus and continues to cast a shadow over thousands of people, impacting on their physical and mental health. How are we commemorating this important event?
On Easter Monday the 25th, candlelight vigil events are taking place across Europe.
In England, candlelight vigils are happening at the following locations;
MANCHESTER – Concert in St Anne’s Church at 6.40pm, followed by a candlelight vigil at 9pm in St Anne’s square.
BIRMINGHAM – Candlelight vigil in Victoria Square beginning at 8pm
STOKE – Candlelight vigil in Stoke Minster beginning at 8.30pm
To see details of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline events across the UK see this map
To see events happening across Europe see this map
Beginning Easter Monday there is an exhibition at Manchester Cathedral, ‘Chernobyl Legacy’, photos by Linda Walker and Ben Lovejoy. See the leaflet here.
Please help us to commemorate the worst nuclear disaster in history, and ensure that the plight of the children of Belarus is not forgotten