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Alexander Stepanenko

alexander-stepanenko02Chernobyl Village
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Alexander Stepanenko visited his native village of Kyselyevka after an eight year hiatus. Nothing had changed: people raised children, plowed fields, and young people had fun in the evenings around a campfire. But “Radioactivity. Danger Zone!” signs had appeared. It is difficult for Stepanenko to say what was easier for him: to overcome the internal discomfort from the radiation or to overcome his impossibility to help his family to leave the village. But where would they go? And who would care about their land and farm? Stepanenko wanted to show the tragedy of not just one person or even a single village, but the tragedy of the whole country.