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  •  Yes, after the local government spent (0+ / 0-)

    20 years unsuccessfully displaying the horror of it all to the international community in hopes of $$s being thrown their way, they shifted gears and decided that the place was safe for both tourism and habitation.

    go figure.

    •  oh HELL no, they didn't! the people who (0+ / 0-)

      returned to chernobyl are mostly older women and their families who didn't want to leave their ancestral homes - and they returned DESPITE being told by the government that they couldn't.

      Three months after being relocated, she returned with her husband, her mother-in-law and a handful of other members of their collective farm. When government officials objected, she responded, 'Shoot us and dig the grave; otherwise we’re staying.’

      Hanna was among some 1,200 returnees, called 'self-settlers’, most over the age of 48, who made their way back in the first few years after the accident, in defiance of the authorities’ legitimate concerns. For despite the self-settlers’ deep love of their ancestral homes, it’s a fact that the soil, air and water here in what is now known as the Exclusion Zone, or Zone of Alienation, are among the most heavily contaminated on earth.

      Today 230 or so self-settlers remain, scattered about in eerily silent villages that are ghostly but also somehow charming. About 80 per cent of the surviving self-settlers are women in their seventies and eighties, creating a unique world of babushkas, to use a Russian word that means 'grandmother’ but also refers to 'old countrywomen’.

      please, before you make such a wildly inaccurate statement, check out the facts first.  and... read the entire article.  it is a wealth of knowledge about the spirit of these women - one of whom has thyroid cancer.  fortunately, the government gives them a stipend and medicines and health coverage.

      sheesh! THIS is a thriving town?  

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:15:43 PM PDT

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