Valya Feshenko makes a living selling seeds, new plants, cabbage, used clothes, toys plus other odds and ends from the back of her car and the sidewalk near the “Polyclinic” hospital in Ivankiv, Ukraine. Ivankiv is the closest inhabited city to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Feshenko was born in Ivankiv, but left the region once in 1996, when she went to New York and worked illegally, unloading trucks. She was exploited, she says, working 19-hour days, and fled after one...more »
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