Kazakhstan – Semipalatinsk

Kazakhstan. Rakima, aged 79, in the contaminated village of Bodene. Rakima witnessed the nuclear weapons tests at The Polygon: “When we were in school, they took us outside because during the explosions all the windows would break, and drove us over the hill and covered us with sheets. When the bombs exploded, I saw a bright light, and the teachers scolded us so that we would not look. But we were children and were curious to take a peek. It was in 1951-1952. In those years there were a lot of explosions – once every 15 days or 30 days. After the explosions, every 15-30 days, one family was taken to the city for 10 days to monitor their condition. They gave us food four times a day, the food was delicious.”

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