Petro Konovalenko, head of the village council in Sukachi, helps neighbors load hay into their barn. Half the people of Sukachi are Chernobyl evacuees, relocated here from the village of Ladizhichi. For many, the displacement and loss of community was as traumatic as the accident itself. It’s a problem Petro has spent his career trying to address.
In the eleven days after the accident, everyone within 19 miles of the plant was evacuated. People in Sukachi remember bus...more »
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