Magnum: Chernobyl Legacy by Paul Fusco

The above picture was taken by Paul Fusco in an orphanage in Belarus. It is of Sasha, at the time a four and a half year-old, affected by radiation from Chernobyl.

Next month will mark the 25th-year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. With the Fukushima nuclear crisis still ongoing, governments around the world have been reassessing their commitments to nuclear energy and the viability of trying to control its immense power.

Supporters of nuclear argue that alternatives such as coal are, in the grand scheme of things, more damaging to human civilization. Detractors point to Chernobyl, and now the crisis Japan faces. But no matter which camp you’re in, I urge you to watch this incredibly powerful and absolutely heart wrenching slideshow by Magnum’s Paul Fusco, who documented the horrific consequences of the world’s worst civic nuclear accident. See it here.

via James Tan

7 responses to “Magnum: Chernobyl Legacy by Paul Fusco”

  1. Intense. But needed.

    The gulf earlier this year, now nuclear disaster. When will the the dependency on non renewable fuels stop? Solar & hemp are both great alternatives, with the side affects minimal when compared to larger scale items.

  2. Valentin says:

    i live not so far from chernobyl, but i never heard and never saw about people mutation or anything else like that

  3. Toby M says:

    Scary to think anything like this can happen to such innocent children and parents. But as is the way with such potent fossil fuel alternatives. The question is what the hell do we do with the stuff once its ‘spent’?

  4. Dan R says:

    Pretty incredible what happened there and so much cover up. We never deal with things until they hit home. You can also check the Vice guide to travel for another perspective.

  5. Peter G says:

    They try to keep it down as much as possible. Sad truth. This is the world we all live in.

  6. matt says:

    well speaking of the world we live in, in the same sense that the Chernobyl accident is a “hush hush” harsh reality, this website explains life as it is, straight up.

    read the whole thing, dont just skim that shit! some of it may seem a little hard to understand, but all in all this guy explains the concept of (human)life very well and in the simplest way possible.

    its pretty crazy when you really start opening your eyes to the world that we live in, and i am honestly fore see ourselves being our own demise. please people, stop following senseless trends and start using your intellect to control your instincts…

    btw this post was a very good documentary, props for posting it

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