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“Is this only—a fear of radiation?<br />
Perhaps rather—a fear of wars?<br />
Perhaps—the dread of betrayal,<br />
cowardice, stupidity, lawlessness?<br />
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 />
— Lyuba Sirota, poet and activist, excerpt from her poem Radiophobia<br />
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A closed storefront is plastered with signs from people trying to rent out apartments or sell household possessions. Today, the economic effects of Chernobyl are as serious as the radiation. Poverty and high unemployment are especially acute in radiation-affected areas, which new businesses have avoided due to the stigma of Chernobyl.<br />
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This photograph is part of Michael Forster Rothbart’s After Chernobyl documentary photography project.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2011.<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  3/2007    File#:  Canon 20D digital camera frame 1154 <br />
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Original caption: <br />
Closed storefront, Kharkiv<br />
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A teenager in Kharkiv, Ukraine, passes a closed storefront covered with signs, including many offering jobs. High unemployment is a problem in many Ukrainian communities; the problem is especially acute in radiation-affected areas, which new businesses have avoided due to the stigma of Chernobyl.<br />
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“Is this only—a fear of radiation?
Perhaps rather—a fear of wars?
Perhaps—the dread of betrayal,
cowardice, stupidity, lawlessness?
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
— Lyuba Sirota, poet and activist, excerpt from her poem Radiophobia

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