"Maõs de Césio / Hands of Caesium", is a photo exhibition about the nuclear accident that happend September 1987 in the City of Goiânia with the radioactive element Caesium-137. It was the worst radioactive accident of Latin America.
Two scrap metal dealers found an old radiotherapy unit in an abandoned cancer hospital. They did not know that this machine was radioactive and contained highly dangerous Caesium-137, so they broke it into pieces and the deadly accident happened.
Thousands of people got contaminated. About 80 people died until today from the radioactive contamination, according to the association of the caesium-137 victims. Until today, many of the surviving victims are not compensated by the state and are in need of help. After Goiânia similar accidents happend in other countries: 2000 in Malaysia and 2010 in India.
The Yellow Archives created this exhibition 2011. And we showed it May 2011 in Rio de Janeiro and later in diffrent cities of Northeast Brazil.
In June 2012 we present the exhibition during the "alternative" Rio+20-Events.
We thank the Association of the Ceasium-Victims AVCésio, the documentary centre of the Journal JB (Jornal Brasil CPdoc JB) and the Foundation Roberto Pires for supporting the exhibition by providing photos and information.
At the moment, the exhibition is available in Portuguese, but we plan to translate it into English, so that it can be shown in other countries. We appreciate your support and donation!
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