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