chernobylforever [Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus]

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Origin and goal of the operation Tchernobyl forever

In January 2012, Alain-Gilles Bastide put the finishing touches to his travel diary “Tchernobyl forever”, but he had about it the same feeling that he had about this awesome picture of “the Atomic Doll”: this diary didn't pertained to him.

So he conceived this project : use it to make a participatory work, by having other people associated to the project. Tchernobyl forever is a project of a book-DVD oriented towards an humanitarian campaign to help the children irradiated after the Chernobyl catastrophe, and abandoned to their fate by the authority and the media, like it Chernobyl was over. So he submitted this idea to the association “Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus”, with which he set up the operation. Today, it is ready, and must be carried through. “The success of this operation is in everyone's hands.

Special Operation : Tchernobyl forever

operation-speciale:poupee-etb.jpg      This photo has been taken in the kindergarden of Prypiat in 2005. Somebody I met while I was preparing my trip talked to me about this doll head which shocked her, 10 years ago,when she went there. I finally found it under a tree which had grown alongside. Even my guide did not know it.

     Unfortunately, after I took this photo and that the image was publicized, starting a “trip around the world”, I found out that some moronic tourists torn it off its natural mausoleum, just to be able to be at ease to take a picture of it. That's really sad.

     When I came back somebody asked me immediately if they could buy this image. I was surprised, embarrassed. I answered that it was not for sale, that I had the impression, the feeling rather, that it did not pertain to me. I gave it to the CRIIRAD for a financial operation for a laboratory in Belarus for Bandazhewsky. Then, Laure Nouhalat used it until recently for her Blog Terre on Libé. Then the exhibitions I made of around twenty images ofTchernobyl Forever. And finally, it appears more or less everywhere, maybe like Laure Nouhalat said, because it is “dreadfully beautiful”.
          Alain-Gilles Bastide



     Twenty years after Chernobyl, the public does not really have a synthetic vision of the huge implications and meanings of this disaster. The project Chernobyl Forever encouraged me to propose a synthesis in two large parts to go with the DVD book offered by the instigator of the projet and the artists, scientists, designers, and writers who offered their aid.

     The first party (chapters 1 to 3) offers a statement and a viewpoint : The statement tells about the amount of contamination of the alimentary chain and of the organisms of the population living the contaminated territories and gives an idea of the catastrophic situation of the health of the children, which is getting worse with the years passing ; The viewpoint is about the intensity of the fallout compared to the ones measured in an area close to Nagasaki which received the “black rains” after the explosion on August 9th 1945.

     The second part (chapters 4 and 5) tells the story of an independent company working to take care os the radioprotection of the children, the most vulnerable to the body contamination due to Chernobyl fallout. It is about BELRAD Institute, from Minsk, Belarus, definitely bound to the great personality of its founder, Vassily Nesterenko. And it is, since April 27th 2001, about the french association Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus, that I'm honored to preside since March 2010. Our association brings to BELRAD a financial support without which theInstitute would have disappeared.

     We are thankful and honored for having been chosen as cooperator with the association Photographisme for the adventure Tchernobyl Forever.

     Yves Lenoir, president of the association Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus.

Chernobyl, 28 years later : Tchernobyl forever

The actions of BELRAD institute from Minsk and of the association Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus1)

Yves Lenoir, /president of the association Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus (février-mars 2014)



base_documentaire:yves-lenoir.jpg     We are getting close to the half-life of the Cs137 spread by Chernobyl accident. Now it is as good as any time to present a short synthesis of this strange situation that view by far, superficially, seems to say « Chernobyl belongs to the past » while nothing is fixed. We know for sure that the children are more and more sick, and that their body contamination tends to diminish only where theInstitute of Radiation safety BELRAD intervene. But an immense uncertainty, not to say a dangerous shadow, threatens the generations from after Chernobyl. For these sicker and sicker children are now and henceforth born after the catastrophe. They did not endure the « radioactive iodine shock ». Not all of them are living in a badly contaminated environment. But all their parents went through this shock, and a lot of them come from evacuee villages. lot too have been contaminating themselves by eating good tasting but radioactive food found in the wild mushrooms, berries, game, fishing product…) and by working in the familial kitchen garden.


1 - The problems remain

Twenty eight years after Chernobyl, the radiological situation
stays a permanent threat for the residents of the contaminated regions

     The reality of this threat isestablished first by the contamination of the plants and animals in the parts of the areas where important fallout took place in 1986, and on another way by themeasurements of the radioactive load of the children followed by the institude of radiation safety BELRAD.
     The data collected during the last few years shows evidence of the permanence of the risk of alimentary contamination. The two tables hereunder are about the year 2013 :


2 - Post atomic war situation

Belarus, North of Ukraine, South-West of Russia : A situation worst than post-atomic war.

     Since 1945, the « atomic states » have amassed tenth of thousands of atomic and thermo-nuclear bombs, among which several thousands are in a permanent alert status on aboard any kind of missiles.
     Complex surveillance and decision systems were conceived to spy the ennmies, but also to avoid any inadvertent firing. We know anyway that several times, notably in 1983 and 1995, we had a narrow escape from a massive exchange, stroke by mistake, « justified » strokes in return. Each time the common sense of the penultimate in charge, the one who validate for the authorities the reality of the launch of the ennemy’s missiles, saved the world from what we represent ourselves like the ultimate catastrophe. Those quasi activation of an atomic war populate the nighmares of the military and political heads. Who can warrant that self-control is the main virtue of a president elected thanks to demagoguery and money ?


3 - Health of the Children


The sanitary situation, does not stop deteriorating, specially for the children.

     In february 1989, the reporter Vladimir Kolinko published in the newspaper Sovieteskaia Bielorossiya re-published by Les Nouvelles de Moscou, the newspaper of the Perestroïka and the Glasnost, a long paper about the situation in the north of Ukraine around Narodichi town. Here is what he was writing in the foreword :
     “At the end of April 1986, the « staff » of the commissions recently deployed were full of people. (…) A red halo and smoke were still visible above the wrecked reactor (…), but the specialists were already having unending discussions and were trying to evaluate the situation. In this commotion, I heard so many things not suppose to com in my journalist ears. Then the information was more and more sifted. Nevertheless I remember many things among which some became clear only recently. For example, certain evaluations made at the beginning.”


4 - History of BELRAD

A look at BELRAD's history : its gestation ; its irrepleceable role.

tchernobylforever:hb-01.jpg     The very existence of the Institute for radioprotection BELRAD appears as a mostly improbable fact in Chernobyl's history.
     Who could possibly have imagined that the most senior person in charge of a strategic military program would side with the liquidators on the spot trying to extinguish Chernobyl's blasted reactor's fire, putting his own health at stake ? That he would have challenged this crisis' management by national authorities and would not resign himself despite their decision not to follow his advice ? That he would ask his colleagues to put aside their ongoing researches to draw a map of radioactive fallout in Belarus as quickly as possible instead, and would finally be granted funds to mass-produce precise radiation counters ? And that in fine, he would dedicate his life exclusively to protecting populations in contaminated areas ? No reaction of this type has been witnessed in Japan after Fukushima, and let us try to imagine what would happen in France in case such a catastrophe would occur !


5 - ETB and BELRAD

Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus and BELRAD : a long united progress.

     Solange Fernex, forever ecologist and European deputy and her husband Michel Fernex, a field ecologist, ornithology enthusiast and professor in Bâle University, got caught up in Chernobyl on april 28 1986, and they are not the only ones. Taking part since 1993 in numerous meetings with physicians, liquidators and scientists of all fields, they met Vassily Nesterenko, and discovered BELRAD institute during a congress in 1995.



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