TED Talks: Why stay in Chernobyl? Because it’s home.


Twenty seven years after the world’s worst nuclear disaster, the area around the Chernobly power plant is an official “dead zone” where no one may enter without safety equipment and permits. But within the zone some 200 babushkas live in defiance of the government and of the unseen and little understood invisible enemy: radiation. Instead of city living and the fragile existence of refugees—the anxiety, depression, unemployment and disrupted social networks—these returnees choose to live simply off the land, “isolated, alone, together” among the graves of family, the whisper of birds wings in the spring, in a dead zone teeming with natural life.

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