Abandoned Schools

Photo | March 5, 2012

(LEFT) Children’s photographs in an abandoned kindergarten in Prypiat (population 50,000), which was evacuated three days after the explosion in reactor number 4 at Chernobyl. Only a few kilometres away from the plant, the town was severely contaminated. It is now a ghost town in one of the so-called ‘closed zones’, restricted areas with dangerously high contamination levels.

(RIGHT) Iitoi Elementary School, located in the village of Iitate, has been empty since the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Located between beautiful green mountains, the Iitate village is more than 40 kilometres away from the nuclear plant. Although it is outside the 20 kilometre exclusion zone, it remains dangerously contaminated. Most of the people from here and surrounding villages have left. Only the elderly and those who cannot abandon their businesses remain.