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village of joy

Posted in True Stories by The Department of Illustration on April 4, 2009

chernobyl-today-a-creepy-story-told-in-pictures-prypyat-signAmazing photographs of Chernobyl today ‘a creepy story told in pictures’ at village of joy

post- apocalyptic, narrative images of a deserted city – this one by Pedro Moura Pinheiro

“Prypiat used to be proud for being home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. But something happened on 26 April 1986…It took three days before all permanent residents of Chernobyl and the Zone of alienation were evacuated due to unsafe levels of radioactivity. People from around the Soviet Union were forced to come and work here in order to liquidate the danger and evacuate the residents. Many of the workers died or had serious illness from radiation. My father was also recruited for this operation, but he bribed corrupt local officers with some good sausages which were rare and a valuable item at those times, so he’s fine an alive today.”

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