Kazakhstan 2008 Nuclear Waste

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Kazakhstan. Semipalatinsk. Regional Children Clinical Hospital. Arnzhan Kunysbayeva (L) is a bald girl who suffers from cancer disease. She was born in 2004 in the village of Preobrazhenka, near the Semipalatinsk Polygon ( called today National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan). Arnzhan Kunysbayeva seats on a bed, her mother holds her daughter in her arms. The child is a third (or four)generation victim of the 456 atomic testing - 116 atmospheric, 340 underground - from 1949 to 1989. The regions high frequency of cancer diseases is primarily due to fallout from nearby nuclear test sites. Arnzhan Kunysbayeva shows the human and environmental effects of nuclear radiation, genetic contamination and pollution from atomic tests programs of the former Soviet Union. Semey is the Kazakh name for Semipalatinsk and is located in the Eastern Kazakhstan Province. © 2008 Didier Ruef