The Polygon: The Untold Legacy of the Soviet Union's Nuclear Testing Program in Kazakhstan
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The USSR told the people of Sarzhal village in the Polygon to cheer when it dropped nuclear bombs on their lands. After pounding it with hundreds of bombs for 42 years, cancer, birth defects, chronic diseases are widespread among the locals. With their lands polluted, lifespans halved and no government intervention, the locals try to build a healthier future with the strength of their community.