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"In Chernobyl, no one knew how serious it was. We wore no special clothes. I am 55 years old and no one needs me. I can still hold a spoon but I need help to go the bathroom and I have to wear diapers."<br />
     -- Leonid Budkovskiy, Chernobyl liquidator<br />
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Budkovskiy, a mailman from Ivankiv, Ukraine, delivered top-secret mail to the military HQ in Chernobyl town. He continued for four years out of a sense of duty. His legs slowly stopped working, and by 1996 he was confined to a wheelchair. His grandson Slava helps him move around. <br />
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This photograph is part of Michael Forster Rothbart's After Chernobyl documentary photography project.<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  5/2007    File#:  Canon 20D digital camera frame 5855 <br />
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Photo title: Leonid Budkovskiy with his grandson Slava.<br />
Caption: In 1986, Leonid Budkovskiy, then a mailman in Ivankiv, was reassigned to deliver top-secret mail to the military headquarters set up in Chernobyl town. He continued for four years out of a sense of duty, even after the four drivers he worked with all quit. His legs slowly stopped working and by 1996 he was confined to a wheelchair. ..Currently, Budkovskiy spends most days sitting on his back stoop, overlooking his wife's vegetable garden, getting help from his grandson Slava and other family members. ...Quote: ."In Chernobyl, no one knew how serious it was. We wore no special clothes. I am 55 years old and no one needs me. I can still hold a spoon but I need help to go the bathroom and I have to wear diapers.".-- Leonid Budkovskiy, Chernobyl liquidator.-------------------..
"In Chernobyl, no one knew how serious it was. We wore no special clothes. I am 55 years old and no one needs me. I can still hold a spoon but I need help to go the bathroom and I have to wear diapers."
-- Leonid Budkovskiy, Chernobyl liquidator

Budkovskiy, a mailman from Ivankiv, Ukraine, delivered top-secret mail to the military HQ in Chernobyl town. He continued for four years out of a sense of duty. His legs slowly stopped working, and by 1996 he was...
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