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Get to Know 2008's Kids
Rostislav Balakir is being raised by his mother, having lost his father a few years ago. He has an older sister. He likes working with gouache and oil, as well as pencil. Other interests include music and playing the bayan (a type of accordian). He has studied some English at the Art School, and is eager to practice it when he visits San Diego this summer.

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Children of Chernobyl Foundation, San Diego, is one of many world-wide Children of Chernobyl organizations who are committed to helping the young victims who continue to suffer from the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. In 2007, 38,000 children from the Chernobyl region were removed from their environment to go abroad for summer respite vacations. Participating countries include Western Europe, the UK, Canada, Japan, Israel, and many cities within the USA. Get more information about the numerous domestic and international organizations who are making a difference in the lives of these children...

National Geographic Sights & Sounds: Chernobyl - it remains the world's worst nuclear disaster, a catastrophe of monumental proportion that—20 years later—continues to claim victims.

Chernobyl – Twenty Years, Twenty Lives is EarthVision's photo journalistic journey through the countries of the Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Latvia, Sweden, France, and UK. It follows twenty people in their daily lives nowadays and reflects on how they changed after the events of April 1986. The goal of the project is to learn from the history and look at the accident from the present perspective at different levels, both locally and globally.

Meet Natalia Ivanovna Ivanova
Deputy Director, Vesnova Orphanage, Mogilev Oblast, Belarus

It was terrible having to knock on the door or window in the middle of the night to tell the parents that their children should be evacuated the next morning. We said it was because of the radioactivity, which could have bad consequences for all of them. We arranged a place for everyone to gather to be put on buses. It was a dreadful sight." - An International Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine (April 23-25, 2006)
International Cooperation on Chernobyl (
Nuclear Energy Agency
Ten Years After Chernobyl – Greenpeace Photo Archive
Radiation Health Effects Research Resource
15th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster – Report by U.K. Chernobyl Charities
Time Magazine Photo Essay: Chernobyl's Unnatural Disaster (Dec. 2000)
Thyroid Cancer 7.5 years after Chernobyl
Library of Congress: Chernobyl
Chernobyl 10 years later: a threat to the future (CNN)