The Atom Project aims to tell the tragic yet hopeful stories of survivors of nuclear testing in Kazakhstan.
More than 450 nuclear tests were carried out in the Semey region during the Soviet era. Survivors and their children continue to suffer from illness, disease and severe deformities caused by exposure to nuclear radiation during and after the experiments, which took place 100 miles outside of the city, then called Semipalatinsk.
The images of the survivors, though sometimes difficult to witness, are featured in a new campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of nuclear testing.
The Atom Project is an international petition campaign designed to unify global public opinion against nuclear weapons testing.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was recently in the country to launch the project and pledged to give it his continued support.
The Atom Project has an optimistic but attainable goal – to achieve real change by showing world leaders that their citizens deserve and demand a world safe from additional nuclear weapons testing.