Voices From Chernobyl
a radio play
ABOUT CHERNOBYL AND THE PLAY
This radio play, Voices from Chernobyl, tells the story of
six individuals who lived through a nuclear disaster.
Until 2011, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred on April twenty-sixth 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine,
only 40 miles North of Kiev, the capital and a city of three million people. (The Fukushima catastrophe may surpass it in long-term consequences.)Fortunately for the population of Kiev, but unfortunately for the people of Belarus, the wind that day blew mostly to the North.Over 485 villages had to be abandoned forever, and approximately 2.1 million people (including 700,000 children) live oncontaminated land.
The Chernobyl disaster contaminated as much as three-quarters of Europe. Many have died prematurely, and many children have been andwill be born deformed as a result of the tragedy. In 2008, physicians in New York City reported a leukemia epidemic among Russian,Belorussian, and Ukrainian emigres – people who left their homeland after Chernobyl. Leukemia is a cancer that takes about 20 yearsto develop. I adapted this radio play from the book, Voices from Chernobyl, by Svetlana Alexievich, a journalist who interviewed survivorsand shaped their words into a book. To do this she put her own life at risk and many of those who tell their story have already died.
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