A Breath Of Fresh Air For Belarusian Children

There are 6 comments on the Aug 1, 2006, Countypressonline.com story titled A Breath Of Fresh Air For Belarusian Children. In it, Countypressonline.com reports that:

Clean water and air are everyday needs that most of us take for granted. For thousands of children in Eastern Europe, still suffering the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, these resources are a luxury.

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Pushkin

Surrey, Canada

#1 Aug 4, 2006
Children 8-12yrs from Gomel area are not suffering individually from any radiation effects.To say so is popular nonsense-but such nonsense motivates many in North America to take children. The truth is that children from those regions suffer from living in a dictatorship-with poor health care-soviet era medical thinking and nutritional deficits. Given a proper diet,many children will respond in a few weeks. To say that the air is not clean is another nonsense. There are no radioactive elements in air. The whole concept of taking Belarussian children to North America because of continuing Chernobyl problems is based on lack of knowledge of radiation effects, and probably on fear factor of mention of radiation. In early years after Chernobyl, Cuba took children to Cuba-but in conversations with Cuban doctors, all they did was give them orange juice and a few weeks in sunshine. There was no "treatment" for radiation effects-since the major problems were poor diet and poor living conditions in Ukraine and Belarus.
jeffsijel

Columbus, OH

#2 Aug 4, 2006
i dont agree. when i was in gomel, i wasnt allowed to drink anything but bottled water, and i saw a lot of people that were sick or had been sick with cancer. i saw a lot of areas that were off limits because of high radiation. i took a trip near chernobyl and it was a wasteland. people in minsk think that they are safe , but they are not. i think there is a big coverup. my associate is a nuclear scientist and he brought 2 articles of clothing back to the u.s. and had them test at his laboratory on sophisticated equipment and the sweater he tested had 5 small amounts of nuclear material and the pants were so hot that they had to be disposed of in a special facility. also the people are eating substandard food in many cases. my radiation detcetion equipment was confiscated at minsk-2 airport . it is a known fact that if you eat local mushroom or wild strawberries that you might be at risk. people dont seem to care that much, they have no way to escape from the lives that theylive under the current regime. i tested water from the river on the south east edge of the city, it serves the entire area for tap water, and the water was not fit for consumption, full of parasites and bacteria.
Pushkin

Surrey, Canada

#3 Aug 11, 2006
The information posted by jeffsijel is mostly nonsense. I lived in Minsk for several years-and yes I have PhD in radiation sciences. I have also lived in Ukraine and have visited Chernobyl site several times. There is no radiation detectable in Minsk and most of Belarus. Yes, the living conditions are not great in Belarus-thanks to the dictatorship-but radiation is not the main health problem. It is reports like yours which distort the truth and worsen the psychological situation with local persons in Belarus. It is a fact that most of the credible International agencies who have operated in Belarus understand that in Minsk there is no radiation problem-and has never been since day 1 of Chernobyl. I suggest this writer read and understand all of the IAEA reports since 1990.
jeffsijel

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 14, 2006
you are the one that is wrong. are you saying that no radiation leaked from the reactor when it exploded? perhaps you arer living in denial.
LMF

Worcester, MA

#6 Feb 4, 2010
1st stop calling yourself Pushkin. You are being insulting. I am from Gomel and know plenty of people and children who are suffering from cancer and other medical problems. It's nice to talk about it when you are not the one who lived there or actually had to be evacuated when Chernobel hit, when you could not drink water or eat the food that was sold in the stores. My dad had to go to a different respublika to get food for us kids because nothing healthy or uncontaminated was available. Your comments are offensive to those who actually lived it.
Cergay

Columbia, SC

#7 Feb 11, 2010
I was born in bellarus, and grew up in Mogilov. At age 11 i got addopted to America and the air is so much more cleaner then it is in Belarus. There is radiation everywere and people are getting sick from it and the corrupted government.

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