Adi Roche: Heroic men were sent in to fight a nuclear disaster with shovels and their bare hands

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'The Chernobyl series on Sky TV is an honest, truthful and a jarring appraisal of human behaviour - acting as a cautionary tale for all of us', writes Adi Roche.

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Adi Roche in the Exclusion Zone Adi Roche in the Exclusion Zone 33 YEARS HAVE PASSED but sadly the spectre of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster continues to stalk across the generations – in the land, water, air and in people’s DNA.

To this day, continuing low dose exposure through the food chain poses a huge risk to people. There are an estimated two million people living in the affected areas – some 500,000 of those are children. They were soldiers, firefighters, helicopter pilots, engineers and construction workers, who were ordered into the still burning, still disintegrating, nuclear plant to try to cut off the clouds of radioactivity that were spreading across Europe.

And then comes a film, confident enough to proclaim itself and its intent with that single, haunted, forever place-name, ‘Chernobyl’. Their dramatisation of the events is based on the true story and reveals the role of the liquidators, their heroism and also the betrayal of that day. This series took the United Nations by storm– it doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is and it is not for the faint-hearted. It was a shock for the delegates to see the story told in such a frank and direct way.For the first time, the public will discover what happens when we reject the truth and ignore the advice of experts – instead running with that which is convenient.

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