Children of Chernobyl
Through direct exposure from the atmosphere and
indirect exposure through the food chain, children in the Chernobyl area received a dose of
radiation 40 times above permissible levels. The number of incidences of thyroid cancer is up 3000 per cent and it
is estimated that over the next 15-20 years over 40,000 children in Belarus will contract the disease.
Thyroid patients receive medicine at the Radiation Medicine
clinic near Minsk
In Belarus cancer of the thyroid is so prevalent that the scar left after a thyroid operation is
now chillingly referred to as a Belarussian Necklace, thus marking them forever as Chernobyl's victims.
Since the disaster there has also been an increase of 800% in the incidence of cancers in
children living near to the reactor plus there has been a dramatic increase in the rate of babies born with
substantial physical disabilities. Babies born limbless, deformed and with severe brain damage.
There are so many other radiation related health crises occurring in the region that for the
first time in Belarussian history , the death rate is HIGHER, than the birth rate.
Treatment of disease is difficult in Belarus due to the lack of proper medication and equipment.
The breakdown of the countries infrastructure, both politically and economically has caused inflation to rise at a
rapid rate. Western goods are available in the shops but at prices well beyond the spending limit of the average
Belarussian. Recent research show that over 90% of children suffer from vitamin deficiency and many die
through the lack of proper treatment that can be afforded to them.
In excess of 80,000 children have very little hope in life due to a disaster of someone else's
making. Our aim is to relieve this suffering.