Date 24 Apr
Organiser EBRD
Location EBRD headquarters, London

To mark the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, on 24 April 2013 the EBRD will be hosting a special exhibition of children’s drawings depicting memories of the Chernobyl disaster and life thereafter. The drawings were created by 11 to 15 year-old children of the families who were evacuated from Pripyat – the nearest community to the Chernobyl nuclear power station and Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – to the Desnyanskiy district in Kiev.

In 1987, a group of former Pripyat residents founded the NGO Zemlyaki to assist them in all aspects of community life. More than 40,000 people who lived in the Chernobyl evacuation zone have relied on Zemlyaki for moral and material support. Zemlyaki organises medical services and cultural activities for the community focusing on families and children. Children’s activities include drawing, poem- and essay-writing based on discussions about their family heritage.

For the last 10 years, Zemlyaki has been organising an annual children’s drawing competition, where the children are encouraged to depict their memories of their old community life in Pripyat and of the Chernobyl accident itself. By now, the children who create these pictures are the second and third generations of the evacuee families. There is a strong spirit and resolve to preserve the collective memories of the families and the community who lived in Pripyat and experienced the Chernobyl accident.

Please join us for the opening reception for this exhibition on Wednesday 24 April from 17:30 in the EBRD’s Auditorium Foyer.

The drawings which will be exhibited at the EBRD have been loaned from Zemlyaki to Mrs Hiroko Inaba. Mrs Inaba is a retired Japanese language teacher and London resident who has been teaching Japanese as part of Zemlyaki’s educational programme in Kiev and has been sponsoring the Zemlyaki children’s drawing competition and award ceremony.

Both Mrs Inaba and the chairperson of Zemlyaki, Ms Tamara Krasitskava, will be present to introduce the drawings to the EBRD community at our opening reception. The children who created the drawings were surprised to learn that their pieces will be shown in London. This will be an adventure for the drawings and an excellent opportunity for the EBRD community to see their spirit and to mark the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster as our collective memory.

Admission is free, but prior registration via EBRDevents@ebrd.com is essential. Please note that all guests are required to bring photo ID and may be subject to random bag searches.

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