It was the world’s worst nuclear accident; the explosion and fire at Chernobyl’s No 4 reactor in April 1986. Since then 8000 people have died, 2000 people have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer with a further 8 – 10,000 cases are expected to develop in the next 10 years. Now a new report from the UN claims the ‘psycho-social’ welfare of those evacuated from the most contaminated areas has also suffered; unemployment, depression and stress-related illnesses are rife. The Long Road to Recovery will put a human face to the statistical evidence and introduce us to the Ukrainian children who are seriously affected by thyroid and other cancers. It will also expose the everyday reality of living with low-level radiation for a Kiev household – and feature a controversial French programme that teaches people how to live with radiation in highly contaminated regions of the countryside. Could this form part of a long-term recovery strategy?
Films in this series