Chernobyl Children in the United States: Traveling with a Nuclear Disaster as Luggage
In the years following the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, more than one million Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Russian children travelled abroad as ‘Chernobyl children.’ The lecture traces the fates of the children received by the former enemy empire, the USA. It examines these trips from the perspective of both the children and the host organizations and families, and shows the extent to which they helped turn the ‘Soviet’ disaster into a ‘transnational’ one.
Hillary Clinton with Aleksandr Kuzma (Children of Chernobyl Reflief Fund) and ‘Chernobyl child’ Vladimir Malofienko at the White House, May 1st, 1996. Clinton Presidential Library.