Chernobyl, Ukraine, was the site of a major nuclear disaster in 1986. When a systems test in a reactor there went out of control, the ensuing meltdown sent radioactive material across Europe.
The surrounding region in Ukraine was contaminated - and remains so until this day. At first the Soviet Union officials tried to cover up the disaster. The population was not informed or evacuated. The impact of the accident is felt until today with long-term health consequences and deaths. This page is a collection of DW Chernobyl-related content.
It’s more than 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster. The aftermath is still there. Most of it is not obvious. In the Czech Republic, for instance, wild boars are still affected by the nuclear catastrophe. Almost half of the animals which are shot in the forests of the Šumava in the south of the country are radioactive.
Murders, suicides, mass shootings: more people die as a result of guns in the US than in any other high-income country. Scientists say their research into gun violence would help reduce the number of deaths, if it was properly funded. Also on the program: radioactive wild boars in the Czech Republic, and being woken up by an electric shock.
The award-winning German-American photojournalist Gerd Ludwig is best known for his work on the upheaval in post-Soviet Russia and the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. We met Ludwig in Los Angeles, and heard about his complex relationship with Russia and how he came to work for National Geographic Magazine in the 1980s.
It’s been 30 years since the catastrophic disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. Although the area is virtually uninhabitable, some people have returned to their homes and ‘Chernobyl tourism’ is also on the rise. DW takes you to the exclusion zone and introduces you to a woman, who has been taking care of Chernobyl children for more than two decades.