: Reuters: There's no place like home, even in the Chornobyl disaster zone

12:49 Apr. 24, 2016

Reuters: There's no place like home, even in the Chornobyl disaster zone

house stands in the abandoned village of Zalisya located inside the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone on September 29, 2015 near Chornobyl, Ukraine. (Getty Images)

April 26 marks 30th anniversary of Chornobyl nuclear disaster

Some people found life away from home so unbearable they decided to return, even when home was the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

Maria Lozbin was one of tens of thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes after the Chornobyl accident in April 1986, but returned with her family six years ago, to live off the land inside a 30 km exclusion zone where the risk of radiation poisoning remains.

A 69-year-old with a ready laugh and a green shawl wrapped round her, Lobzin said the village to which she had been evacuated was full of drunks and drug addicts.

The house into which she was moved was so shoddily constructed, with a huge crack running from the roof to the basement, that she was afraid of being killed or maimed by a falling object. Full story


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