"We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves." - Ondaatje

15th August 2010

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1. BELARUS. Gonel. Orphanage for Abandoned Children. 4 ½-year-old Sasha has almost no lymphatic system.

2. BELARUS. Minsk. Children’s Home No. 1. Although Katya’s mother visits regularly, she never shows she recognizes her.

“there was one thing they [bureaucrats, the government] didn’t understand—didn’t want to understand—I needed to know that it wasn’t our fault. It wasn’t our love.” - mother, Voices from Chernobyl

Tagged: ChernobylSvetlana AlexievichPaul FuscoSlate Magazine

14th August 2010

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…some forests that were contaminated with radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster have now burned, but it was unclear what danger the smoke from such wildfires could pose. Monitoring stations have not registered any increase in radioactivity as yet.

Tagged: ChernobylRussian wildfires