A veterinarian uses a sensor device to detect radiation levels in a reindeer.Amos Chapple
Source: University of Texas
"The aftermath of Chernobyl was devastating," Chapple tells Business Insider. "[The herders] went from living this timeless lifestyle, completely at one with nature, to suddenly working in one of the most contaminated places on earth."
Thirty years later, conditions have improved. The radioactivity of the cesium-137 released has decayed by half, but much of the slow-growing lichen remains unsafe. In 2014, hundreds of reindeer failed inspection due to strong fungus growth.
Source: Cultural Survival and Radio Free Europe
Sami herders in Snasa, who eat reindeer, get tested annually for radiation. They tell Chapple they will always live in the shadow of Chernobyl.
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