Rookie Reporter Irina was born in Belarus 6 years after the Chernobyl disaster. Belarus bore the brunt of the radiation fallout and her family moved to the Bronx to escape the contamination. Now, Irina and her family attribute many of their health problems to the radiation.
Their fears are common amongst people from the affected region, but according to experts are often unfounded. Irina always saw herself as a Chernobyl victim, but the more she learns about the effects of the nuclear radiation, the less she sees herself as one of those victims.