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Tbolt

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We had a charity for years here run by Adi Roache (who later ran for president) and her charity still takes children affected to stay in homes for a month or more and get good freah air and whatever medical treatment is organised/needed. She did a book - Children of Chernobyl- a while back to help promote the charity & cause and the photos and stories would make a blind man weep. Would also make you hesitate a bit before taking any plunge - I think a some of the organisers who went over there in the first few years have all had obscure rare cancers and unexplained debilitating illnesses. Frightening stuff.
I know a lady who takes children from the zone in for a couple of weeks holiday every year, lovely kids, polite and very appreciative apparently.

When in the zone most people tend to have a dosimeter with them at all times and the background radiation is a little higher than usual but nothing serious as long as exposure is not for long periods hence the good folk of Chernobyl are only allowed to stay for 15 days then have to be elsewhere for 15 days thus limiting exposure.
There are hot spots and some very very hot spots but as long as you take notice of the dosimeters you should be ok.
A few days in the zone will give less exposure than the flight over as long as you are sensible.
 

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Not sure how many of you were born when it went bang but when it did in 1986 I was over in the US installing some equipment. To say I was a little worried was the least. The Americans were up in arms and the news was full of it showing where the fallout was going and us in the UK were nearer that them. You could see the cloud would get here eventually as it was little did but parts of Europe cropped it more than us. It was a worrying time must confess and your heart has to go out to those poor guys who were dealing with it many of them knowing they did not have long to live. I have never been doubt I ever will but I do like seeing your photos. If you go that you should pay your respects at the memorial and thing about what they sacrificed for you.
 

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I have my trip planned for coming march.. I am so thrilled! 4 days in the zone..
 

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I visited Chernobyl in early September in both 2016 and 2017. Had an awesome trip both times, such a great place. Sad to hear the childrens holiday camp was recently destroyed in a forest fire though. I would recommend anyone thinking of going should do it sooner rather than later as the more time that passes the more buildings become dangerous and inacessible.
 

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I'm not ashamed to admit its been a bucket list trip for a while but I've just not gotten round to it. I'd happily jump on a group trip if there's anyone else planning to go this year. Or next. Depending on the global fuck up.
Create a thread, see if you can find a group going this year! Tour aside, it's a cheap trip too ;)
 

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Some photos from around Belarus. From a visit relating to charity work with the freinds of chernobyl children charity. Terribly sad what happened at Chernobyl.
 

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