Lacking the means to change their place of residence, many people seem to take refuge in the stoicism that has been the Ukrainian peasant's timeless hallmark. "Where can you go? They don't accept us anywhere," says Galya Savchuk, a cook whose teen-age daughter's vision has deteriorated by 30% in recent years. "People I know have been waiting for two or three years to go to Kherson (in southern Ukraine), but there are no free apartments."
Others are more combative and even accuse the Ukrainian leadership of continuing the cover-up campaign the Communists had mounted around Chernobyl, perhaps because the cost of relocating everyone in danger is unthinkably huge.