Babushkas of Chernobyl

“You don’t get sick in your motherland.”
— from the film The Babushkas of Chernobyl

These women know what matters. They have faith, sisterhood, and not just homes but a sense of place. They have big gardens and wildcraft for herbs and food in the forests in this place that the rest of the world considers a nuclear wasteland, a radioactive ghost town, unsafe for all lifeforms. But they sing and drink vodka. They take care of each other. They are strong in heart, and they are inspiring and humbling. They chose connection and home over the fear of getting sick from environmental toxins, and they are living into their 80s.

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