News – UK – Ben Fogle brought home “Chernobyl Honey and Jam” for children to eat


Posted: 10:02 GMT, 3 March 2021 | Updated: 10:44 GMT, Jan. March 2021

Ben Fogle announced that he had brought his children home to eat jam and honey after his trip to the Chernobyl radiation-intensive exclusion zone

In the new documentary by the 47-year-old TV star Inside Chernobyl, he visits the abandoned city of Pripyat in the Ukraine, which lies in the shadow of the Chernobyl power plant April 1986 the nuclear disaster occurred

During the show, Fogle visits the haunted control room where Reactor 4 failed This triggered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history and exposed residents in and around the Eastern European city to severe radiation poisoning Thousands of people subsequently died of cancer and disease ‘related to exposure’

When he appeared on Good Morning Britain today, he shared how during the trip he discovered “elderly people” who lived in the forests around Pripyat and brought home products for his children Ludo and Iona who he shares with Mrs. Marina

For his latest documentary, TV explorer Ben Fogle traveled to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and toured the city ravaged by the world’s worst nuclear disaster (pictured in a classroom in Pripyat, an abandoned city 3) 5 km from the nuclear power plant removed)

Ben brought home products for children Ludo and Iona that he shares with wife Marina. Pictured is the family attending the 2017 Goodwood Festival

“What really got me excited is what has happened in these 35 years since this extraordinary revival,” said Ben. “Wolves and bears are returning

‘The small extraordinary community of people who ensure the safety of this zone, elderly residents who have returned and live in the forest

‘I brought Chernobyl honey and jam home for my kids to eat I think it’s a good story of hope’

He went on to explain that there is still “danger” in the area and people are still not allowed to live permanently in the exclusion zone, but there is a community of residents trying to “bring back a semblance of normalcy “’To the area

When he appeared on Good Morning Britain today, he told how he discovered “elderly residents” during the trip who lived in the woods around Pripyat

“What got me excited, humanity can correct a lot of the mistakes we made,” Ben explained. “The millions of people who were able to secure this facility, remove all the soil, radioactive things to bury and try to bring some semblance of normalcy back to this extraordinary area I think there is hope when we look at a post-pandemic world ‘

In the program, which was filmed for over a week, he enters the “eerie” exclusion zone – which locals simply refer to as the “zone” – where high levels of radiation are still recorded

He told Spiegel that he had decided to speak to Ms. Marina with his children Ludo and Iona about the dangers of exposure to radiation before the trip

Ben said, “I had to take a course with a radiation expert before committing, so I could explain the risks to Marina and the kids.

‘I decided that the benefits of having a movie that entertains people, educates people, and maybe gives them a little hope, outweighs the risks to my own health’

Ben wears PPE in the heart of the Chernobyl control room, where a disaster broke out in 1986 when a nuclear reactor caught fire and exploded – creating shock waves about the dangers of nuclear disasters around the world

In an abandoned classroom: Ben was equipped with several devices to monitor his radiation exposure during his visit

Although he admitted that there were risks in traveling to the center of Chernobyl, he said he was confident that under expert medical guidance he would be fine

Pripyat, a model city built in the 1980s, was completely evacuated after the disaster The residents should never return to their homes

Fogle went to the most toxic areas of the city, toured the abandoned schools and houses, and even met with residents who had chosen to return to the city after the disaster

In the exclusion zone, Ben was given several devices to monitor the radiation level around him. He had to wear a chip around his neck that registers his total radiation exposure and a measuring device to register the radiation level at certain locations and objects He was also warned not to touch anything

However, the adventurer said the trip filled him with hope as he saw nature overtake the once-abandoned city and trees burst through the concrete

An aerial view of Pripyat and its hospital (foreground), where firefighters and employees of the nuclear power plant with surrounding abandoned buildings were treated on the night of the disaster

The explorer said Chernobyl felt very different from the war zones he had visited in the past for similar programs

He said he saw packs of wolves roaming the city and seeing horses roaming around, and was impressed with the power of nature to reclaim the land

When he arrived in the ghost town of Pripyat, he said, “I have been to war zones and have seen places that have undergone great upheavals and changes, but never before like this’

He also spoke to locals who survived the disaster and decided to return to Pripyat, which turned 48 after the fire at the facility000 inhabitants were robbed

He spoke to Vanessa, who was evacuated but was returning to Pripyat because she was unhappy about having moved. He also met with Aleksey Moskalenkov, a police officer who was on duty the night of the disaster and who is still with today is in good health and has not suffered any apparent damage from the explosion

A derelict classroom: Ben said he had to take a radiation exposure course before traveling to the exclusion zone – and was told not to touch anything during his visit

Ben was impressed by how eerie and haunted Pripyat felt – near the former power station – but said he was hopeful to see nature return to the city (picture: a room that followed the Explosion was left)

An abandoned swimming pool in the heart of Pripyat Ben said he was touched by the sadness of the abandoned city, intended to be a model of a Soviet urban landscape when it was first built

The total number of victims caused by the Chernobyl disaster is unknown as many people later died from radiation poisoning and subsequent health problems. Only 28 people died immediately after the fire

The television star concluded that Pripyat’s sad past and the good times of its residents – whose average age was 26 – would have moved him before the disaster

Ben noted that several Pripyat residents had died of depression and were in poor mental health because they were taken from their homes

“The majority of them died prematurely, not from radiation but from depression and health problems, which were likely due to the trauma of being evicted from their homes, losing their livelihoods and losing their jobs,” he said / p>

On 26 In April 1986, a power plant on the outskirts of Pripyat suffered a serious accident in which one of the reactors caught fire and exploded, spreading radioactive material into the area

More than 160000 residents of the city and the surrounding areas had to be evacuated and could not return, leaving the former Soviet site as a radioactive ghost town

A map of the Chernobyl exclusion zone is shown above. The ‘ghost town’ Pripyat is located near the disaster site

The exclusion zone, which covers a considerable area in Ukraine and part of neighboring Belarus, will remain in force for generations until radiation levels drop to a sufficiently safe level

The proliferation of wildlife in the region contradicts this, however, and many argue that the region should be given over to animals established in the region, creating a radioactively protected game reserve

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