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Exhibition: 'Belarus - Growing up in the Shadow of Chernobyl'

Exhibition: 'Belarus - Growing up in the Shadow of Chernobyl'

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, professional photographer Gail Ward is holding an exhibition at The Link Gallery in Winchester from 19 April until 26 May 2011 illustrating the effect that the nuclear fallout is still having on children and families in Belarus.

Over two million people in Belarus were affected by the disaster, and the long-term impact is evident for children and families today. It was due to Chernobyl that SOS Children began working in the country in 1996, by building an SOS Children’s Village in Minsk. SOS also support more than 9,000 vulnerable children and families affected by the disaster through SOS Family Strengthening Programmes in the country.

Gail has a genuine interest in people, humanitarian issues, the environment and travel and aims to use her photography to raise awareness of the lives of others and to tell stories through pictures. In 2006, Gail Ward travelled to Belarus and photographed children living in the SOS Children’s Village in the country. This exhibition documents photographs and stories about life in Belarus. Photographs of children living in the SOS villages show how their lives are developing in the shadow of Chernobyl. Gail hopes that this exhibition will create interest, discussion and remembrance of the disaster.

The exhibition will be held at:
The Link Gallery, West Downs Centre,
Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5HT

Opening hours are 9am-5pm on weekdays. Weekend opening may be restricted.

To enquire please call 01962 827578.

For more information and to see more of Gail Ward’s work, please visit her website: www.gailwardphotography.co.uk

For more information about SOS Children's work in the aftermath of Chernobyl see our page.