This is a simple photo story about some people I met when visiting the Chernobyl exclusion zone in 2015.
‘Ivan’ and his wife were evacuated from their home following the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident in 1986.
They were resettled into a town near Kiev, but did not take to town life.
A year later ‘Ivan’ and his wife returned to their former home, the one in which she had been born and lived her entire life up until the accident. Now, both in their 80’s they lead a self sufficient life inside the prohibited radioactive exclusion zone.
Most of the houses around them are empty as only four people now live in the village.
Ivan says it’s a solitary existence and a hard life, but it is the one they know – they are happy and that is all that matters.
My latest visit to Chernobyl was arranged by the great people at CHERNOBYLwel.come
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