Marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, a series of three articles have been published in the Irish Examiner. These articles have been written by Eoin English and are the result of a visit to Belarus by the Lord Mayor of Cork, the Irish Ambassador to Lithuania and Belarus, and Adi Roche, Founder of the charity Chernobyl Children International.
The first part in the series, ‘take[s] you inside the ghost city of Pripyat’. With both photos and videos, this article is very informative of what this city – only 3 km from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant – was like both in 1986 and now thirty years later, in its abandoned state.
You can read this article here: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/columnists/victoria-white/the-chernobyl-disaster-30-years-on-day-1-394523.html
The second part in the series tells you about the work of the Irish charity, Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International. This charity works to help the ‘most vulnerable children in Belarus’. These children have ‘severe physical disabilities and deformities, some attributed to radioactive fall-out’ and/or ‘severe mental disabilities’. ‘Families who just couldn’t cope felt their best chance was to place the children in institutions.’ Sadly, this is an ongoing problem, orphanages in Belarus continue to receive children whose parents cannot cope with the ongoing costs of their medical needs, or the physical or mental pressures of looking after children with such extensive needs, as well as other children they might have. This article also details the political aspects of the Irish delegation visit to Belarus in February 2016.
You can read this second article here: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/the-chernobyl-disaster-30-years-on-day-2-irish-eyes-smiling-down-on-the-young-survivors-394775.html#
The third and final instalment in this series tells you about the ‘families benefitting from Chernobyl Children International and Irish Aid-funded outreach schemes’.
You can read this third article here: https://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/the-chernobyl-disaster-30-years-on-day-3-395006.html
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