Exhibitions Archive 2011
Belarus - Growing up in the Shadow of Chernobyl
An exhibition timed to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster
April 26th 2011 was the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. On that day, twenty-five years ago in Belarus, people awoke to a bright sunny morning. They went about their normal daily routine, unaware that overnight, their lives had been irreversibly transformed as a consequence of the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl. Soon, news trickled through and lives were changed forever. 70% of the radioactive dust from the explosion fell on Belarus, contaminating the air and the land, impacting on everyday life, and resulting in serious health, social, psychological and economic repercussions that still affect life today.
Dates: Tuesday 19th April - Thursday 26th May 2011
It is reported that 23% of its territory is still contaminated with caesium-137. At the time of the accident, 2.2 million people lived in the area and over1.5 million live there today. Last year The World Nuclear Association reported that a new programme by the Belarus Government planned to settle people back in the regions contaminated by fallout from this year - 2011. The National Resettlement Programme will concentrate on economic and industrial development in the Gomel and Mogilev regions. New infrastructures will be built at significant investment and feasability studies will focus onagricultural and forest areas where the presence of caesium-137 and strongium-90 is low. ©Gail Ward 2011
The first SOS Children's Village in Belarus was built as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaste ron 26th April 1986. Negotiations started in 1990 and construction of Bovljany SOS Children's Village and an SOS Social Centre finally started in 1992 - after various setbacks. Borovljany was eventually ready for use in 1995 and offered help to children from all over Belarus in need of medical assistance as a result of the Chernobyl disaster.
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