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A girl runs to change her costume during a performance for visitors at a sanatorium for children living with hearing disabilities in Molodechno on April 16, 2006. Although no scientific documentation exists that the mental and physical disabilities from which the children suffer can be linked to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, the Belarus government estimates a 250 percent increase in birth defects after the disaster, which happened across just across the border in northern Ukraine. About 70 percent of radiation fallout from the accident contaminated Belarus.

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A girl runs to change her costume during a performance for visitors at a sanatorium for children living with hearing disabilities in Molodechno on April 16, 2006. Although no scientific documentation exists that the mental and physical disabilities from which the children suffer can be linked to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, the Belarus government estimates a 250 percent increase in birth defects after the disaster, which happened across just across the border in northern Ukraine. About 70 percent of radiation fallout from the accident contaminated Belarus.