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A story of 3 unlikely heroines from the most toxic place on Earth…..
In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a community of some 200 elderly Ukrainian women is defiantly clinging to their ancestral homeland. 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 some of the world’s most toxic land. Why Hanna, Maria and Valentyna chose to live here after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale—about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk.