Chernobyl in 2001: Fifteen Years after the Nuclear Catastrophe

The abandoned town of Pripyat with the Chernobyl reactor in the background © Wikipedia)

In this programme, Liesbeth de Bakker investigates what has become of those who were affected by the worst ever nuclear accident. Many people have been unable to return home as their land is still severely polluted. The struggle to build up a new life elsewhere is hard, especially because of the economic situation in the country and the constant threat of illness. Different kinds of cancer, respiratory illness, heart problems and diseases of the blood affect huge numbers of people in the Ukraine. One in 16 is ill – about 3.4 million people. But are their ailments all connected to Chernobyl?

Produced and presented by Liesbeth de Bakker

Released in Euroquest 3 August, 2001