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On April 26, 1986, the serious reactor accident occurred in Block 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and shook people all over the world. An atomic cloud spread over large parts of Europe. We forbade our children to play in the sandpit, bathe in the lake, and go outside when it rains. Salads and vegetables from our gardens were plowed in, milk thrown away. The Becquerel values ​​for food were in the newspaper every day. Today all of this is almost forgotten.

The aftermath of this nuclear catastrophe will never go away.

This is especially true for the countries around Chernobyl, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. 65-70% of the leaked radioactive substances fell on the territory of Belarus, 22% of the area, on which about a fifth of the population lives, was radioactively contaminated over the long term.

The consequences of this radioactive contamination are serious and life-threatening. Many people are now z. B. of thyroid cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, heart and blood diseases, leukemia, breast cancer and organ cancer diseases, adolescent diabetes and immune deficiencies. Infants and children who are born and grow up in this contaminated environment are particularly affected. Infant and child mortality has increased, and malformations and stillbirths have also increased. And the number of diseases continues to rise.
 
In the opinion of experts, the negative climax has not yet been reached because the long-term effects of radiation can hardly be estimated and are only gradually becoming visible.

The Gomel region in southeast Belarus, in the immediate vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, is particularly exposed to radioactive contamination. That is why the people and especially the children in this area have been given the help and support of the Evangelical Lutheran Regional Church of Hanover since 1991, especially from numerous volunteer women and men from the parishes and church districts of our regional church.

The Chernobyl Aid of the regional church has been organized in the form of a working group since 1994, of which 28 church districts are now members. The negative health consequences of the reactor disaster for the people of Belarus, which are increasing year after year, and the ongoing economic and social problems in Belarus make our help, especially for the children in Gomel Oblast, urgently necessary.

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