Bound to the Ground

Bound to the Ground, living near Chernobyl

No life is possible in the Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl. It is a restricted area and the ground is heavily contaminated, it is not safe out there. Yet this area is inhabited permanently by ca. 140 Samosely or Self settlers and over 2500 people are working on a daily basis in- and around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (CNPP). Together with Sophieke Thurmer (text) I made a book of these inhabitants. In this book we take you along on our journey through the Zone and we tell the stories of these remarkable people.

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