A couple of weeks ago I took a tour of the Chernobyl area in Ukraine. Besides a quick stop in front of the reactor that exploded in 1986, we also visited a couple of towns, including the once flourishing Pripyat. After the explosion that took place 28 years ago, the authorities evacuated (a couple of days too late) the whole area due to high levels of radioactivity. People weren’t told what the gravity of the situation was or that they were never to return to their homes and all they were allowed to carry with them were documents and cash.
During our 2-3 hours walk around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, we saw some pretty impressive places. To start with, big concrete buildings, hotels, apartment blocks, official buildings – just what you’d usually expect to see in an ex-communist town that was left without its inhabitants and was frozen in time in 1986. However, the amusement park, the kindergarden and the school were the ones that had a big impact on me personally. Seeing toys and games left behind by children who were unknowingly for ever taken away from their environment is shocking. This is due probably to the positioning of elements that are supposed to be attributed to chilhood and carelessness in a deeply troubled vicinity.
Chernobyl creepy toys – a photo essay