Friday marked the 27th Anniversary of the Chornobyl (Ukrainian spelling) disaster. Apart from the annual honouring of victims, the surreal stories of the suffering populace at the hands of their authoritarian rulers remain hidden – effects which still linger to this day:
- The Soviet Union stayed silent after the explosion, exposing Ukrainians to the deadly radiation while Communist apparatchiks were evacuated from neighbouring cities.
- The event was finally uncovered by Western media two days later when Swedish scientists detected the pollution, but its effects were still vehemently downplayed by the Soviet Union as mere propaganda.
- Western aid was allowed into the country after an entire year of painful suffering and lack of medical care.
- After the fall of Communism in 1991, Russia became the successor to the Soviet Union, inheriting it’s wealth and nuclear domain. The original Soviet statistics which are still used to this day claim only 30 lives from this catastrophe, but much headway has been made recently from researchers to gain a more accurate understanding of the suffering
Just how much was the Ukrainian public kept in the dark about Chornobyl? While the Soviet Apparatchiks were evacuating, the rest of the unsuspecting were celebrating ‘May Day’ with a parade on the streets a few days after the accident, 60miles away:
After the fall of Communism in 1991, Russia became the successor to the Soviet Union, inheriting it’s wealth, nuclear domain and arguably any legal liabilities that stems from crimes against humanity, genocides, etc. The original Soviet statistics which are still used to this day claim only 30 lives from this catastrophe, but much headway has been made recently from researchers to gain a more accurate understanding of the suffering. Yet people would minimize the effects on humans in order to push books, or bad movies.
Last weekend a telethon was aired to raise money for local Canadian charity ‘Help Us Help the Children’ to aid affected children with summer camps:
You can donate below:
HELP US HELP THE CHILDREN
A Project of Children Of Chornobyl Canadian Fund
2118-A Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M6S 1M8
Tel.: (416) 604-4611
Fax: (416) 604-1688
Find us on Facebook: Help Us Help The Children
Registered Charitable Organization Number 1369 09538 RR0001
From your cell phone: Text GIFT to 45678 to donate 10$