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 world’s 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 has been 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 blood disorders affect huge numbers of people in Ukraine. One in 16 is ill, that’s about 3.4 million people. But are their ailments all connected to Chernobyl?

Producer: Liesbeth de Bakker

Broadcast: August 3, 2001