Tuesday, 26th April 2005
The Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, led the Chernobyl Children's Project and others in a brief wreath laying service at 12 noon on Tuesday 26th April, at the Innocent Victim's Memorial.
19 years ago at Chernobyl in the north of Ukraine, the fourth reactor of the nuclear power plant exploded and continued to burn for 10 days, spreading radioactive material over three quarters of Europe. 31 people were killed immediately but as many as 25,000 of the workers sent to clean up the site have died since. 130,000 were evacuated and nearly 6 million continue to live in contaminated zones.