Documentary: Babushkas of Chernobyl (2015) – Babuskas Coming Home

30 years after the Chernobyl disaster, some 100 women fiercely cling to their ancestral homeland inside the radioactive “Exclusion Zone.” While most of their neighbors have long since fled and their husbands have gradually died off, this stubborn sisterhood is hanging on — even, oddly, thriving — while trying to cultivate an existence on toxic earth.

Why do they insist on living on farms that the Ukrainian government and radiation scientists have deemed uninhabitable? How do they manage to get by, isolated, in an abandoned landscape guarded by soldiers, and rife with wild animals? How has the radiation affected them these past 3 decades? (The Babushkas of Chernobyle)

Watch via Al Jazeera Witness

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Photo Essay: Street Art in an Abandoned Belgian Village

Street art takes over the ghost town of Doel

The eerie Belgian village is largely abandoned, with only 25 remaining residents – and it has become a playground for street artists, from ROA to Resto, Ives.One to ADT

Also check Doel: the ghost town that’s a paradise for graffiti artists

The Chinese Ghost Town: Ordos

The Empty City of Ordos, China: A Modern Ghost Town

It’s been called the Dubai of northern China, showered with wealth, packed with public infrastructure and located near to precious natural resources in a region plagued by water-supply troubles. But the urban center of Ordos City, known as ‘Kangbashi New Area’, has been mostly deserted for five years.

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(Photo by Michael Christopher Brown)

 

Ghost Estates of Ireland

Ghost Estates of Ireland: Symbols of an Economic Collapse

Built with visions of suburban prosperity in more optimistic times, the empty shells of former dream homes dot the countryside among piles of construction rubble and fallen-down fences. Economic highs and lows have led to abandonments of entire villages all over the world, from China to the Mediterranean, but Ireland is among the nations that was particularly hard-hit

(Photo by Valérie Anex)

Photos of ghost estates of Ireland, which Valérie Anex took, are like a summary of the madness we live in!