Upon reading the piece by Wilson that appeared concerning the "recovery" after the Chernobyl explosion, I was reminded of a story that appeared in Life magazine years ago about the "recovery" of Hiroshima. A young man who had been a baby at the time of the explosion was chosen as a symbol of the restored city--he was newly married, looking forward to his future. Ironically, shortly after the article was published he was diagnosed as having leukemia.
Last summer, an article in The Times spoke of the desperate situation of the Lapp people of Northern Europe, who a year and a half after the Chernobyl explosion were still unable to eat or sell reindeer meat, their primary source of income, because the radioactive contamination levels were too high. Apparently, at quite a distance from the Ukraine, the aftermath of Chernobyl is still being felt.
To the evacuated people of the region surrounding Chernobyl, slowing returning to the slightly radioactive areas where "hundreds of square miles of radioactive trees have been uprooted and buried," to the families of the 31 workers who died in the accident, and to those who barely survived, I'm sure the recovery still seems far from complete.