UN / CHERNOBYL 30 YEARS

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26-Apr-2016 00:01:52
The head of the Chernobyl Children International charity Adi Roche said the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor 30 years ago was a “sin against the beauty and wonder of our planet Earth.” UNIFEED-UNTV/ FILE

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STORY: UN / CHERNOBYL 30 YEARS
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DATELINE: 26 APRIL 2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarter exterior

26 APRIL 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly observing a moment of silence for the victims
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Adi Roche, Chief Executive, Chernobyl Children International:
“The 'war' that has been waged since 1986 by Chernobyl is a silent, invisible but nonetheless deadly one. It has no smell, no taste, nothing to forewarn you of danger. There was no 'safe haven', no escape, no emergency exit. Yet my friends, it beats in the hearts of every innocent man woman and child still living. It beats in their rivers, towns, streams and forests. The deadly radiation, clicking endlessly, ferociously in Geiger counters, into the silent numbness that is and always will be Chernobyl.”

FILE - IAEA - OCTOBER 2010, PRIPYAT, UKRAINE

4. Zoom in, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant from rooftop in Pripyat
5. Wide shot, abandoned merry-go-round and Ferris wheel in abandoned amusement park
6. Med shot, disused bumper car
7. Zoom out, ferris wheel

FILE - IAEA - OCTOBER 2010, ZAPOVEDNIK, BELARUS

8. Close up, ‘trefoil’ radiation symbol
9. Wide shot, workers taking soil samples for radioactivity testing
10. Close up, workers putting soil samples for radioactivity testing into plastic bag
11. Close up, workers taking tree samples for radioactivity testing
12. Close up, radiation testing

FILE - IAEA - OCTOBER 2010, OUTSIDE OF CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

13. Wide shot, trucks transporting radioactive waste
14. Wide shot, worker testing levels of radioactivity in truck delivering waste
15. Tilt up, Chernobyl sarcophagus, Unit 4

STORYLINE:

The head of the Chernobyl Children International charity Adi Roche said the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor 30 years ago was a “sin against the beauty and wonder of our planet Earth.”

Speaking today (26 APR) at a General Assembly meeting in commemoration of the incident, Roche said Chernobyl’s radioactive footprint is embedded in our world forever and millions of people are still being affected by its deadly legacy.

She said while the images from the tragedy are different from the disturbing images of war and famine, “The war that has been waged since 1986 by Chernobyl is a silent, invisible but nonetheless deadly one.”

Roche called on the United Nations to recognise the sacrifices made by the 700,000 “liquidators” who were sent into the Chernobyl blaze by declaring the 26th of April “Chernobyl Day” and setting up a fund to ensure their medical and social needs are met.

She said, like the first responders to the September 11th attacks in NY, the liquidators should be recognized as heroes who saved not only Europe but the world.

Roche also called on the international community to complete the Sarcophagus, a safety shield over the exploded reactor, and to move swiftly to dismantle and safely remove the hundreds of tons of radioactive material left in the area.

Reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded on April 26th 1986 displacing over 300,000 people in what was then the Soviet Union. It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history.
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