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"The Women of Chernobyl"

25 years ago, one of the four reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded. The consequences were devastating for everyone who was directly and indirectly exposed to the radiation. Women were the first to suffer from the contamination.

22.03.2011 | The Fresh Outlook, Rosalia Sgueglia



25 years ago, one of the four reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded. The consequences were devastating for everyone who was directly and indirectly exposed to the radiation. Women were the first to suffer from the contamination.

Studies have shown that women who lived in contaminated villages suffered from a significantly higher rate of miscarriages, pregnancy complications, aplastic anaemia and premature deliveries than “women living in relatively clean zones,” according to the Women in Europe for a Common Future network (WECF).

“Everybody knows that women are more affected by radiation, especially pregnant women. Our network focuses more on pregnant women, whose babies died after birth, and children. Women tend to be more aware of radiation as they are scared for their children,” says Sabine Bock, Germany's director of WECF and Co-ordinator of Safe Energy & Climate Change, speaking exclusively to The Fresh Outlook.

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