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26/04/2012

Chernobyl 26 Years After – Millions of People Still Suffering, Haunted By Fear

Human Wrongs Watch

Kiev – “The suffering went beyond the estimated 6 million people who still live in affected communities in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia to “countless others haunted by fears of their health, their livelihoods, and their family’s future, UN secretary general Ban Ki moon said on April 26, marking the 26th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history.

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He called on the international community to generously support Chernobyl-affected regions “as they continue their efforts towards recovery and normalcy.”
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One year ago, Ban became the first UN secretary-general to visit the Chernobyl site, witnessing first hand the “great resilience” being demonstrated by the people affected by the explosion that occurred at the plant in Ukraine in 1986.
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“On this occasion, we remember the hundreds of emergency workers who risked their lives in responding to the accident; the more than 330,000 people who were evacuated from surrounding areas with little hope of return; the thousands of children who later contracted thyroid cancer; and the six million people still living in the affected areas of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.
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