Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Two sides of one road

Imagine that you are driving on ordinary road. Right and left the tall trees grow. The trail winds in front and behind you, and all around there is nothing but dense forest.
The trees on the right and the left. It seems that there is no difference between them. But it is not. There is a difference.

On the right side of the road birch, pine and fir trees grow, the land laid out with dry needles, yellow leaves falling on her.
On the left side of the road birch, pine and fir trees grow, the land laid out with dry needles, yellow leaves falling on her.

On the right side of the road the path goes into the depths of the forest.
On the left side of the road the path goes into the depths of the forest.

On the right side of the road there are usual village houses.
On the left side of the road there are usual village houses.

You say, where's the difference? This is the same wood, the same landscape.

No, I will answer you. There is one big difference.

You can stop the car, get off at the right side of the road, take a walk in the woods, cut mushrooms and put them in the basket. You can have a picnic with your friends a warm autumn day.

On the left side of the road walks are prohibited.

All this is because the left side of the road has special signs that warn: "Caution: High Radiation Danger!"

The paths that you see on the left side of the road, long overgrown with grass and moss.
Houses that are still on the left side of the road, look terrible: the roofs collapsed, the windows are empty, all around abandoned.

For over 20 years, the people can not go into the woods on the left side of the road.
The road separates clean and radiation zone. This is such a boundary of asphalt. It is very difficult to understand it. How is it that we can go into the woods on the right and we can not go into the woods on the left. What's the difference?
I go by bus on this road. My bus never stops here, so I can not take photos of myself.

On the left side of the road (a little deep in the forest), the background radiation is starting to rise. In this land, it ranges from 15 to 40 curies. There is no place for a normal life. People are not quickly return to the land.

I hardly ever think about that much toyzemli in which I work, contaminated by radiation. I have learned to live and to ignore it. To us in the school bring home apples, lovely seeds, corn, and I eat it all. Maybe it's wrong. But almost all the land contaminated with radiation and no way to choose something. And there is no time to think about that any apple can be a small nuclear reactor.

But the radiation will not gone, it surrounds me, my students, residents of the village. And it's very scary.

Two sides of the road - they are two sides of our lives...

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