The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and the WHO (World Health Organisation) are two agencies of the UN.

    [...] In 1959 the IAEA had persuaded the WHO to sign an agreement (law WHA12-40 of 05-28-1959) in which the silence concerning the effects of radiation on human health was extended worldwide. In practice the agreement prevents the WHO from publishing data or studies that could damage the image of the IAEA.1

    On April 26, 1986, at 1:24 am, reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded. The explosion unleashed tons of radioactive dust into the air, whence, transported by winds, it contaminated both hemispheres of our planet, settling wherever it rained.

    The emission of radioactivity lasted for 10 days and not less than 2 billion Curie of radioactive substances were released from the exploded reactor, and not the 200 million Curie estimated by the IAEA and the Soviet Union. [...] 65 million people were contaminated. [...] Belarus was the worst hit, with 30% of its territory rendered useless - it will take millennia to recover.

    At the present time nine million people in Belarus, the Ukraine and western Russia continue living in areas with very high levels of radioactivity, consuming contaminated food and water. 80% of the population suffers from various pathologies. There has been an increase of 100 times of the incidence in tumours of the thyroid, 50 times in other radiation-related tumours, such as leukaemia, and bone and brain tumours, in contaminated areas.

  • The incidence of malformations due to genetic mutations, of pathologies of the senses, cardio – vascular, skeletal and muscular systems and the connective tissues, as well as diseases of the nervous system and psychic disorders, have increased by 30 times. The incidence of premature births has increased by 20 times [...] and only now will we begin to understand the effects of genetic mutation on future generations.

    The explosion of the reactor at Chernobyl spewed into the air contamination 200 times greater than the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. After Chernobyl the Soviet Union tried to remedy the defects of the RBMK reactor, and some were eliminated, but still today they continue to have 30 defects, 9 of which are technically impossible to eliminate.

    Currently in the former Soviet Union there are 11 such reactors still operating. Each one of them is potentially a new Chernobyl.

    Chernobyl has caused more than a million deaths.
    Chernobyl is not the past. Chernobyl is not history.
    Chernobyl is the beginning.

    1Based on an article written by Michel Fernex, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Basle, Switzerland

    Chernobyl - The Hidden Legacy, by Pierpaolo Mittica.
    Additional texts by Naomi Rosenblum, Rosalie Bertell, Wladimir Tchertkoff.
    Published by Trolley Books.