During the summer, radiation levels in areas surrounding the location of the Chernobyl disaster
climb. At that time, some 3,000 children from the affected areas are sent to travel abroad. Many of the children are from Belarus
, which was only 20 kilometers north of the Ukraine's nuclear power plant. For the past 10 years some of these children have been spending their summers in Alberta
, but the president of Belarus is rethinking the program as he is concerned that the children are being exposed to western ideals and materialism.This site
circulated on the internet last year, but the above story led me to go and take a gander at it again. It is Elena's photo-journal of what the Chernobyl area looks like today. Some of the pictures
are especially haunting
as you can see that life just stopped that fateful day
. Navigation is on the bottom of each page.