This month marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Pripyat, which housed almost 50,000 people prior to the disaster in 1986. Now it is one of the most famous ghost cities in the world.
Pripyat residents Iryna and Serhiy married on the day of the Chernobyl accident – on April 26, 1986. The local authorities decided that everything should go according to plan as if nothing had happened. The following day the evacuation began. In total, 97,000 people were taken out of the infected area.
Find out how the Chernobyl IDPs were actually welcomed and received at the hospitals immediately after the accident and months later. Here is the story of Chernobyl IDPs in the joint hromadske and LSE research project "For East and West".