Anna Joy Posted 4 months ago Holly Morris: Why stay in Chernobyl? Because it's home. I'm a Ukrainian and I was only a couple of days old when the reactor exploded. We lived in Sumy, it is not very far from Chernobyl. My answer to the question is maybe its faith that makes the babushkas so brave to stay in their Motherland. You should know the Russian soul to understand it completely (when I say the Russian soul I mean the Ukrainian one as well. It doesn't make any difference to me). Religious feeling is in the basis of the Russian soul although not so many people are very religious at the moment but you just cannot separate religion from the Russian culture. Really it's a long and deep topic. There are icons in the photos of the babushkas... I remember once they brought to Sumy an icon of Saint Nikolaos the Wonderworker. The icon was from this region of Chernobyl. It is a miracle-working icon. I remember the eyes of Saint Nikolaos in the icon. They looked as if he was alive and peered deep into my soul. And what is interesting, the priest who traveled with the icon told that they had tried to measure the radiation level in the church and it was within the norm, although the church itself is in the region of Chernobyl. So, I just what to tell that you shouldn't try to understand the babushkas without considering this fact.