The Long Road to Recovery (2002)

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The world's worst nuclear accident was the explosion and fire at Chernobyl's No 4 reactor in April 1986. Since then 8,000 people have died, 2,000 people have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer with a further 8-10,000 cases expected to develop in the next 10 years. A recent report from the UN claims the `psycho-social' welfare of those evacuated from the most contaminated areas has also suffered; unemployment, depression and stress-related illnesses are rife. The programme aims to put a human face to the statistical evidence and introduce the Ukrainian children who are seriously affected by thyroid and other cancers. It also exposes the everyday reality of living with low-level radiation for a Kiev household, and features a controversial French programme that teaches people how to live with radiation in highly contaminated regions of the countryside, questioning whether this could form part of a long-term recovery strategy.

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