“I was small and a big ball of flame came up over the horizon.” - A survivor in America’s desert Southwest.
In part, it is the story of Kazakhstan’s place in the Cold War struggle for nuclear supremacy, and the power of the human spirit as victims and participants from that struggle find their own ways to survive.
“My mission on earth is to be the last victim of nuclear testing,” says one Kazakh survivor. “I saw the tears of American mothers. I saw the tears of Kazakh mothers and they are the same.”
Although Soviet operations were wreathed in secrecy, it is becoming clear that the Kazakh villagers who faced the daily reality of living in nuclear fallout zones continue to be victims of a war that was not their own.
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