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Visiting Chernobyl Vol.2

The words on the ribbons saying "don't forget Chernobyl"
The words on the ribbons saying "don't forget Chernobyl"

Dr. Loganovski

 

On September 26, Dr. Loganovski gave us a lecture. He is the only researcher on the impact of radiation on a foetus.

 

"...The left lobe of the brain (language functions) seems to be susceptible to radiation, and that leads to mental retardation. It is not scientifically explained why this is the case. But that part of the brain is complex, sensitive, developing, and most complicated, thus more easily affected by radiation and toxins. Available data shows that the language ability of young children remained more or less constant prior to 1948, until the atomic and hydrogen bomb testing in Nevada started. Since then it worsened and recovered only after the testing was discontinued. The radiation exposure during pregnancy is most risky. The impact manifests itself in various illnesses, including back pain, spasms, autonomic nervous system disorder and mental illness. I imagine the stress and mental conditions would be a factor in Fukushima. It is necessary to provide support for the mothers and children in the areas of mental and psychological health and education and information. If one is worried, the best option is to move out. Unless the exposure is at a significantly high level, an abortion would not be necessary..."

The lecture was a series of technical discussions. I felt at a loss as to which parts of his talk were more relevant and what that may mean in terms of our situation in Fukushima.

 

Mr. Andreyev

The lecture given by Andreyev
The lecture given by Andreyev

He was a member of the "Liquidator", Chernobyl clean-up suicide squad, and is a representative of the "Chernobyl Association".

 

"...On April 26, we were conducting a test run of our response system in case of the loss of cooling water. We lost 31 workers in the explosion. On that day, I woke up at 9 in the morning. I went outside with my daughter, and this is the biggest mistake I have ever made in my life. The explosion destroyed the concrete containment of the reactor, except for one wall. I asked my wife and daughter to change their clothes, close all the windows, draw the curtains, and wipe the floors regularly. The radioactive plume came by, but the pine forest that surrounds Pripyat protected the town thankfully.

 

I headed to my job site where the control boards were located by bus from Pripyat. In the pitch dark due to power outage, the first thing I did was to stop more than 150 alarms that were sounding. The choice was either to die there, or leave but end up in the prison for abandoning the critical job responsibilities. I decided to stay, prepared to die, and did what was against the operational manuals to prevent the No.2 reactor from exploding in series. We had only a few minutes left to accomplish that."

 

We must abolish IAEA. IAEA has not released true information on Chernobyl. They just follow the orders from the US. Their relationship with WHO is despicable. What the Japanese government is doing is a crime. I went to the Japanese embassy, but I was not let in.

 

I am sure the technicians are also inhibited in what they can say in public. The scientists are even more cautious. Even if the presenters have good intentions, they tend to talk merely of statistical possibilities. Whenever I run into this, I think to myself, "Fukushima cannot afford the time to be choosing words."

 

We are not numbers, or statistics. Each and every one of us in Fukushima has a unique face, what makes each one of us happy, and different lives. And there is this undeniable reality that the life of our children is being harmed every moment.

 

Mr. Andreyev gave me a different impression. As an engineer at Chernobyl, he actually experienced the terrible death of his colleagues. When he talked about losing his colleagues to this accident, he had his eyes closed in agony. It left me an imprint, when he stated without hesitation that "the Japanese government is a criminal".

 

Quote: "In pursuit of the truth, the people themselves must start a big movement. It is a sad reality of Japan that the government is using the "safety" propaganda, exerting pressure for the doctors not to examine illnesses related to radiation, and encouraging the evacuees to go back to highly contaminated areas. There would be no other way but for the citizens themselves to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their own life, both in scientific and practical ways."

(Katsuma Yagasaki, Professor, Ryukyu University)

 

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