Abandoned Schools and a Summer Camp in Chernobyl

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Miriam Wasser
An abandoned classroom in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Three days after the huge nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine on April 26, 1986, the Soviets mandated that everyone living within 30-kilometers of the plant evacuate. People were told they'd only be gone for a few days, and packed as such. But 30 years later, the area — called the Exclusion Zone — remains uninhabited and has become a haunting time capsule of Soviet life in 1986. Here are photos of abandoned schools and an overnight summer camp for children.