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Petro Meshchenko, a one-time liquidator in the Chernobyl cleanup, is now unemployed and lives in Ivankiv. As a “category 2 liquidator,” he gets free fares on buses and trains, plus a few dollars a month in government benefits. Evacuees, residents of contaminated areas, the disabled, liquidators, and their children all receive government support. The small stipends often make an insignificant difference for families, but the program puts a major strain on the Ukrainian national budget.<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:  5/2007    File#:  Canon 20D digital camera frame 4640<br />
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Petro Meshchenko, a one-time liquidator in the Chernobyl cleanup, is now unemployed and lives in Ivankiv. As a “category 2 liquidator,” he gets free fares on buses and trains, plus a few dollars a month in government benefits. Evacuees, residents of contaminated areas, the disabled, liquidators, and their children all receive government support. The small stipends often make an insignificant difference for families, but the program puts a major strain on the Ukrainian national...
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