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“If the accident happened today, I simply would not leave. I’d try to stay, to the extent possible, and use my strength to help.” — Sasha Sirota, evacuee and co-founder of Pripyat.com<br />
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The central square of Pripyat is overgrown with trees. The entire city of almost 50,000 was evacuated in a day, while firemen tried fruitlessly to douse the fire in the reactor. Tourists visit here every week on guided excursions, their shouts ringing across the plaza. When former residents visit, they search quietly, struggling to match old memories with the scene before them. Others refuse to return, preferring to recall their hometown as they knew it: a paradise lost.<br />
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Sasha’s mother, poet Lyuba Sirota, writes that “the town Pripyat… after the explosion at the station, has simply ceased to exist, and together with it we—former inhabitants of Pripyat, also have ceased to exist.” <br />
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This photograph is part the book of Would You Stay?, by Michael Forster Rothbart, published by TED Books in 2013. The photos come from Forster Rothbart’s two long-term documentary photography projects, After Chernobyl and After Fukushima.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2013.<br />
www.afterchernobyl.com<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  7/2009    File#:  Canon 5D digital camera frame 73320<br />
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“If the accident happened today, I simply would not leave. I’d try to stay, to the extent possible, and use my strength to help.” — Sasha Sirota, evacuee and co-founder of Pripyat.com

The central square of Pripyat is overgrown with trees. The entire city of almost 50,000 was evacuated in a day, while firemen tried fruitlessly to douse the fire in the reactor. Tourists visit here every week on guided excursions, their shouts ringing across the plaza. When...
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