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“When I was sick with cancer, we sold our car to pay for the surgery. We sold our TV, we sold our refrigerator, jewelry, everything we could. Now my wife Lydia has cancer and there's nothing left to sell.”	<br />
				— Viktor Gaidak, retired Chernobyl engineer<br />
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Viktor Gaidak worked for 24 years as an engineer at the Chernobyl plant, including nine years after the 1986 accident. In 2004 he had surgery for colon cancer. Viktor lives with his wife Lydia, two grown children, Kolya and Alla, plus Alla’s husband and children. <br />
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Nearly half the fifty thousand evacuees from Pripyat live in Troeshchina, a new neighborhood at the outskirts of Kyiv. They face health problems, unemployment, crowded apartments and little government support. One day Viktor enumerates a list of the Chernobyl evacuees who lived in his apartment building and what killed them: cancer, leukemia, heart attack, suicide.<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:  7/2009    File#:  Canon 5D digital camera frame 71535<br />
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“When I was sick with cancer, we sold our car to pay for the surgery. We sold our TV, we sold our refrigerator, jewelry, everything we could. Now my wife Lydia has cancer and there's nothing left to sell.”
— Viktor Gaidak, retired Chernobyl engineer

Viktor Gaidak worked for 24 years as an engineer at the Chernobyl plant, including nine years after the 1986 accident. In 2004 he had surgery for colon cancer. Viktor lives with his wife Lydia, two grown...
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