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Chernobyl 25th Anniversary Candlelit Vigil – Birmingham


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April 25, 2011
8:00 pmto9:30 pm

A candlelit vigil is being held in Victoria Square, Birmingham to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

When a major disaster occurs it can fill the front and many inside pages of newspapers for days or even weeks. It will be the first or second item on news bulletins. But eventually it will be relegated to an occasional mention. You only have to look at the relatively recent Japanese earthquake to realise that 
 
Yet these disasters will often have killed and injured thousands of people. Homes, communities, industry and critical infrastructure will have been destroyed. It is only once the emergency services have left the scene that the long hard road to recovery begins. Indeed many people will have to cope, as best as they can, with the physical and emotional scars for the rest of their lives. Nowhere is that more true than in Belarus and Ukraine where the consequences of the disaster will continue to blight the future on yet to be born generations.
 
On Bank Holiday Monday, 25th April 2011, people from across Birmingham, Solihull and the wider West Midlands will be gathering to ‘Remember Chernobyl’. It will be 25 years since the world’s worst nuclear power disaster at the Chernobyl power station in northern Ukraine.
 
It was a disaster that changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Nuclear materials spewed from the reactor were carried around the world. Much of the fallout landed in Belarus poisoning the country’s farmlands and forests with radioactive particles which will lie in the soil for hundreds of years. Despite the evacuation of over 400,000 people, it is estimated that there are still two million people living on seriously contaminated land in Belarus.   Incidences of cancers, heart problems, respiratory illnesses and birth defects have soared.
 
Cath McElholm, spokesperson from the Chernobyl Children’s Project, said:

“With the current events in Japan, the name of Chernobyl is once again very much in the press and media. We are holding this candlelit vigil to help ensure that the world continues to remember the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. There is no doubt that Chernobyl will continue to cast a shadow over generations to come. We welcome public support for the vigil – please bring family and friends!”
 
Members of the public wanting more information can contact Cath on 0121 705 6724 or by e-mail at cath.mcelholm@gmail.com

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