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Christian anti-nuclear advocate calls for Chernobyl to become a 'No War Zone'

by Sophie Drew

Chernobyl Children's Project International, an organisation which cares for children born with disabilities as a result of the Chernobyl disaster, has called for peace in the Exclusion Zone. 

Adi Roche - the founder of the charity - has spoken out about the need for peace within the radioactive area "on behalf of all humanity".

It's been 12 days since Russian forces took hold of the area; 200 Ukrainian guards remain trapped within the 19-mile zone. 

According to Ukraine, Russian troops have full control. However, the opposition argues that the site has been secured jointly. 

Chernobyl is no longer a working power station, but around 2,400 people still work at the site in order to ensure safety for those living nearby. 

Most employees would typically go home at the end of the day; those who were there when the Russians arrived are now being forced to sleep on the site, it is believed. 

However, Adi Roche isn't just concerned about the deliberations happening on the ground. The Irish activist and anti-nuclear advocate has described "her greatest fears" in an open letter, citing the potential dangers of allowing troops to fly overhead. 

She said: "I appeal on behalf of all humanity, but mostly on behalf of the citizens of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, and indeed on behalf of the citizens of Europe, to the warring armies, under the Hague Conventions, that the highly contaminated area around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, with its thousands of tons and gallons of highly radioactive material, not be targeted, or used as areas of shelling, bombardment, and ground fighting.

"My worst nightmare in this conflict is that the tragedy of the Chernobyl disaster could be re-released on the world.  

"I fear that this area, a sacred area, an area of utter vulnerability and danger, a special area of human tragedy, could once again, have deadly radioactive contamination released, which would spread everywhere, like a great and uncontrollable monster. 

"The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has vast silos of nuclear waste and water, which are highly dangerous and volatile.  

"Along with hundreds of shallow 'nuclear graves', which are scattered throughout the Exclusion Zone, holding the contents of thousands of houses, machinery, buses and trucks, all of which have been buried there to keep the radiation underground. 

"Should a bomb, missile, a shot-down plane or helicopter crash into this area, the consequences could be disastrous.

"In the name of humanity, in the name of the children, please stop this war and declare the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone as a 'No War Zone'."

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