Mareike Aden meets victims form the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
A new solar power plant has opened in Ukraine, a stone’s throw from where Europe’s biggest nuclear calamity took place three decades ago. In April 1986, a botched test ultimately led to thousands of deaths and clouds of nuclear fallout blowing across much of Europe.
It’s been more than three decades since the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. Catastrophic radioactive contamination turned the 30-kilometer exclusion area into a “dead zone.” But left to its own devices, new life is evolving in the radioactive wasteland.
More than three decades after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, a 30-kilometer-area around it is labeled "uninhabitable." Some refused to abandon their homes and returned. Ukrainian photographer Alina Rudya met them.
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