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“I was born here and I'll die here. I already want to die. Forgive me, I'm drunk. I drink a lot now. We only have what God gives us, our health, our place, our friends.” <br />
				— Vasily Kozachenko, farmer<br />
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After his wife, Natasha, died in January 2007, Vasily Kozachenko tattooed her face on his shoulder. She died from liver cancer after a long illness, a few days after her 46th birthday. He then lived alone, farming a small plot of land on the outskirts of Ivankiv, the closest inhabited city to Chernobyl. Vasily died of stomach cancer as I was finishing this book. He was 57.<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:  8/2007    File#:  Canon 20D digital camera frame 14285 <br />
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“I was born here and I'll die here. I already want to die. Forgive me, I'm drunk. I drink a lot now. We only have what God gives us, our health, our place, our friends.”
— Vasily Kozachenko, farmer

After his wife, Natasha, died in January 2007, Vasily Kozachenko tattooed her face on his shoulder. She died from liver cancer after a long illness, a few days after her 46th birthday. He then lived alone, farming a small plot of land on the outskirts of...
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