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"The time has come to sort out <br />
what is radiophobia. <br />
It is -- when those who've gone <br />
through the Chernobyl drama <br />
refuse to submit <br />
to the truth meted out by government ministers <br />
("Here, you swallow exactly this much today!") <br />
We will not be resigned <br />
to falsified ciphers, <br />
base thoughts, <br />
however you brand us!" <br />
-- Lyuba Sirota, poet and activist; <br />
excerpt from her poem Radiophobia. <br />
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Lyuba Sirota was a writing teacher in Pripyat, Ukraine. She recalls life in the closed city as idyllic, a pocket of intellectuals surrounded by a verdant forest.  <br />
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This photograph is part of Michael Forster Rothbart's After Chernobyl documentary photography project.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2010.<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  4/2007    File#:  Canon 20D digital camera frame 2482<br />
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Original caption: .Photo title:.Lunch with Lyuba Sirota..Caption:.Lyuba Sirota was a writing teacher in Pripyat. She recalls life in the closed city as idyllic, a pocket of intellectuals surrounded by a verdant forest. The day after the accident, her son Sasha played with friends on the Pripyat riverbank near the station, unaware of potential danger...Sirota is a poet and historic preservationist. She and Sasha want to save Pripyat from crumbling and turn it into a museum, before looters and weather destroy the buildings that remain. .-------------------.
"The time has come to sort out
what is radiophobia.
It is -- when those who've gone
through the Chernobyl drama
refuse to submit
to the truth meted out by government ministers
("Here, you swallow exactly this much today!")
We will not be resigned
to falsified ciphers,
base thoughts,
however you brand us!"
-- Lyuba Sirota, poet and activist;
excerpt from her poem Radiophobia.

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