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“I only went back once. I couldn’t stop crying.”<br />
— Galina  Dondukova, former Pripyat kindergarten director<br />
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Dolls lay scattered on a classroom floor of the Solntsye kindergarten in Pripyat, the abandoned city one mile from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. A closed Soviet city with population 49,360, Pripyat was built to house workers at Chernobyl. <br />
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Today Pripyat is an eerie ghost town. Any valuables have long-since been stolen, but the toys remain.<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:  4/2007    File#:  Canon 20D digital camera frame 4139<br />
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“I only went back once. I couldn’t stop crying.”
— Galina Dondukova, former Pripyat kindergarten director

Dolls lay scattered on a classroom floor of the Solntsye kindergarten in Pripyat, the abandoned city one mile from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. A closed Soviet city with population 49,360, Pripyat was built to house workers at Chernobyl.

Today Pripyat is an eerie ghost town. Any valuables have long-since been stolen, but the...
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