Portsmouth/Hayling Link  

Awareness visit by Chernobyl Liquidator​s - 22nd to 29th April 2012



 The Liquidator’s and Translators on arrival at Gatwick



CCLL arranged for 10 Chernobyl Liquidator (witnesses) to visit the UK in April to raise awareness of the 26th Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The liquidators were from Belarus and Ukraine and have been directly affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

Our Link was been chosen to host one of the Liquidators; we arranged a series of activities and talks across our area to raise awareness and to promote the work we do as a LINK.

We are working with an organisation in Germany called Internationales Bildungs- und Begegnungswerk (IBB), who are coordinating similar events across Europe. IBB are funding the visit of the Liquidator and interpreter to the UK.

The Objective of the visit was to raise awareness about the catastrophe of Chernobyl and to remember the millions of people who are still suffering (children and their families in the radioactive contaminated zones, liquidators, resettlers) and to inform as many people as possible about this disaster and its long-term consequences.

One year after Fukushima and 26 years after Chernobyl the situations are similar, many people still don’t know what to eat or how high the contamination of their drinking water is.

Families in radioactive contaminated areas in Japan are not fully informed how high their radioactive contamination is – firemen, policemen and soldiers in Chernobyl were also left in the dark. Even 26 years after Chernobyl, liquidators are excluded and forgotten, even in their own society. They fight desperately for medical help and social recognition of the work they have undertaken.

Workers in Fukushima also try to limit the catastrophe. They too are not fully informed of the dangers and consequences of the radioactive contamination, especially people living in these endangered areas in Belarus, Ukraine and Japan who complain about how little information they get.

Throughout the action week the Liquidator witnesses told their stories across Europe. They shared and discussed their experiences with all generations.

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Events and Dialogues with our Liquidator witness


Our Link hosted a series of events across the Portsmouth & Hayling Island area, to provide information about the Chernobyl disaster, the CCLL charity and the work our Link do each year to support the four visit of a group of Chernobyl Children for a recuperative break in the local area.


Our LINK is fortunate to have Mr Oleksandr Shimanskiy with us in the Portsmouth and Hayling Island area; he was commissioned to a role of the fire and rescue engineer during the period following the Chernobyl disaster.

 The following pages provide information on each of the events that we hosted.

 Download a PDF Copy of the presentation.  Action Week PresentationMonday 23rd April 2012 – Portsmouth University


Tuesday 24th April 2012 Mayfield School

Tuesday 24th April 2012 -  Liquidator Visit to Royal Marines Museum 

Tuesday 24th April 2012 - St Nicholas Church Service and Talk

Wednesday 25th April 2012 – Hampshire Fire & Rescue HQ

Wednesday 25th April 2012 -  Candle Event - Shepherd’s Crook Milton

Thursday 26th April 2012 Visit to Bognor Supporters

Thursday 26th April 2012-  Visit to Square Tower  - Southsea 

Friday 27th April 2012 Liquidator Visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Friday 27th April 2012-  Southsea Castle Field - Paper Lantern Release

Saturday 28th April 2012 - Visit to Wickham Village

Saturday 28th April 2012 - PHIL-CCLL Committee Farewell 


Photos of the Events are available on our Gallery



 See the Europeon Chernobyl Network Page for more details.




The CCLL Charity have a series of events across the UK, details are available on the main web site