Children of Chernobyl (1991)

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  • Featuring

    Mark Halliley

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year

    1991

  • Type

    Television

  • Category

    Non Fiction

Synopsis

Report on the impact on the families living in the area of the explosion at Chernobyl power station in April 1986, which released ninety times as much nuclear radioactivity as the Hiroshima bomb. Children are more susceptible to radiation sickness than adults, and, as a result of damage to their immune systems, doctors witnessed a massive increase in recurrent infections in children, a state of affairs known locally as "Chernobyl AIDS". The Soviet authorities denied huge increases in leukaemia and other cancers, but medical files were confiscated and classified as secret. In 1990, the computerised records of 670,000 people exposed to the radiation were stolen in Minsk.

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