Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Karipbek Kuyukov is waiting to attend the conference for the Nazarbayev prize. Karipbek was born in a small village just a few miles from the test site. The nuclear tests exposed his parents to excessive amounts of radiation and resulted in Karipbek being born without arms. Karipbek has overcome many challenges to become an anti-nuclear weapons activist and renowned artist, whose works have been shown around the world. Today, Karipbek often paints portraits of the victims of nuclear testing and, as honorary Ambassador to The ATOM Project, speaks out against nuclear weapons at conferences and events held in such places as the United Nations and the United States Congress.
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