Teremtsy is home to about 30 returnees who live spread out amongst the many abandoned homes. As 92year-old Kharytina Descha has difficulties walking and hearing she hardly ever gets to see neighbors but seems to be quite content with her situation.
Background: After the catastrophe, close to 100.000 inhabitants who lived in villages inside the 30km Zone were evacuated. Ignoring radiation levels, a (now diminishing) number of elderly people have returned to their homes. Although surrounded by devastation and isolation, they prefer to die on their own soil than of a broken heart in anonymous city suburbs. At first Ukrainian officials discouraged them, but soon they turned a blind eye.