Thirty three years on, the Chernobyl region springs to life

Reconstruction works are underway at an Orthodox monastery in the village of Yurovichy, within the Chernobyl-affected Kalinkovichy district of Belarus. Before the disaster, the monastery hosted a boarding school for children with learning disabilities. It has now been returned to the Orthodox church and acts as a spiritual, cultural and historic centre, offering social help to vulnerable groups and hosting cultural and educational events for both children and adults.

More than three decades ago the world looked on in horror when the Unit 4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine caught fire.

It was, and remains, the most disastrous nuclear accident in history. It released radioactivity into the atmosphere for about 10 days and the poisonous cloud reached almost everywhere on earth.