This is a very disturbing portrayal of the human disaster wrought by the Cherynobyl fallout ten years ago.
There is no question that the radiation has damaged hundreds of thousands of people. And yet I am having a hard time with some of the portrayals and articles about the human victims, because the language used to describe the children implies, for instance, that the victims are "monsters" and that they "look like a whole other race". This video, for all the compassion you can hear in the narrator's voice, flatly states the Belarus people face degeneration as "people like these grow up to pass on their genes to the next generation" (to paraphrase).
In addition, the conditions shown in this institution are inhumane in the extreme, yet the narrator describes the children being fed on the floor as "loved and cared for" at the same time he acknowledges that when they grow up they will simply be admitted to the main mental institution.
What happened is horrible. But the resulting congenital disorders do not remove anyone from the human race. These are human beings, not "disasters", not "monsters".
Well, while I examine my conscious to see why this kind of portrayal of legitimate horror-so illustrative of man's hubris and our unconcern for the consequences of our own misuse of our world-strikes cords of dismay in my mind, maybe some of my readers know what efforts are ongoing to try to help Belarus. What is a legitimate effort ongoing, and how I can support it; where to send my money or otherwise do my share. Sincerely. I can't go rescue all those kids literally, but I'm hoping there is something that I can do that will be more than a token response.
I should note that it is not possible to determine from this video just how many of these children have conditions that were the direct result of the Chernobyl fallout. The WHO Chernobyl report has data that indicates the rate of congenital problems has not substantially increased, so perhaps this should be kept in mind.
However, regardless of cause, this video's portrait of children in a floundering society is very disturbing and thought provoking.