Maria Ivanovich of Chernobyl re-settler in Parishev, current population: 5
PRIPYAT population: 49,360 before evacuation in 1986 average age: 26 yrs
‘Chernobyl is humanity’s last warning’
‘...pay attention to the terrible’
REACTOR NO.4 nuclear accident occured 01.24 on 26th April 1986 threatening/affecting the whole of Europe
LIFE continues but must be forever abandoned. We left on the third day. (Voices From Chernobyl)
‘And the chickens had black cockscombs, not red ones, because of the radiation.’
(Voices From Chernobyl)
The fourth reactor still holds about twenty tons of nuclear fuel in its lead and metal core. No one knows what is happening with it.
(Aleksievich, Alexievich, and Gessen, 2005)
The sarcophagus was well made, uniquely constructed, and the design engineers from St. Petersburg should probably be proud. But it was constructed in absentia, the plates were put together with the aid of robots and helicopters, and as a result there are fissures. According to some figures, there are now over 200 square meters of spaces and cracks, and radioactive particles continue to escape through them . . . Everyone knows that if the Cover were to collapse, the consequences would be even more dire than they were in 1986. Ogonyok magazine, No. 17, April 1996 (Aleksievich, Alexievich, and Gessen, 2005)
The new sarcophagus (opposite) is now overdue.
back cover: Ivan Ivanovich of Chernobyl, re-settler