A few years later in the late 1980s, I met a Ukrainian artist from Kyiv here in Winnipeg. He spoke very openly about the Soviet system. He said he is no longer afraid. "When they endangered my children, and my elderly mother, and yet got their own families out of Kyiv without warning the rest of us -- that was it. No, I am no longer afraid."
It really began to unravel then.
In a few hours April 26th will begin in Ukraine. Let us remember the ones who lost their lives in the accident, in the rescue, who had their lives affected and lost by radiation, who were displaced, who suffered physically and emotionally and mentally from the explosion and the effects of the cruelty, insensitivity, and politics of the government.
Chornobyl is a wild plant, a medicinal one. This is an article about it I wrote a few years ago. And let's remember that the Ukrainian transliteration is ChOrnobyl, not ChErnobyl.