Blogging at 230km past Semey!!

#IPPNWBikeTour August 17: Sorry for the long blogging pause, we had to figure out our mobile internet connection.|

Anyway, we have biked for over 230km now and are staying in Akku right now, which is in Pavlodar region.
After speaking with the local mayor today, we’ve had intensive group discussions and enjoyed half a day off at the Yertis river. Read more

Report of our Visit to Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site

#IPPNWBikeTour, August 13:  IPPNW Bike Tour participants with the assistance of the Department of Public Health of Eastern Kazakhstan drove us over bumpy Kazaḱh highways to the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site (STS) near Kurchatov town some 100 miles away from Semey on 11th August 2014. The city was named after the scientist Igor Vasilievich Kurchatov who was the Director of Soviet Atomic Bomb Project. Kurchatov is also known as the Father of Soviet Atomic Bomb along with Georgy Flyorov and Andrei Sakharov.  Read more

Excursion & Meeting up the Deputy Mayor of Semey

#IPPNWBikeTour, August 12th: Today was another exiting day. We were shown the Nevzorov Fine Arts Museum and the Semipalatinsk Museum of History and Local Lore in Semey. We really appreciated learning more about the region and local culture. The warm welcome got us excited for our upcoming adventure by bike. Read more

IPPNW Bike Tour participants visited Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site

#IPPNWBikeTour August 11: 

“During the visit to the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site (SNTS) and while my mind was filled with numbers and details, I felt oddly detached from the effects of the explosions. But maybe you do not grasp the whole range of destruction caused by something to know that you want to prevent it from happening.” 

-Antonia Neuberger, Bike Tour Participant


At the epicenter of one of the experimental field sites, “Pentagon” aka “Opytonoye Pole site.”

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Day 3 in Semey: Arrival of the rest of the family members of the IPPNW Bike Tour

Hey guys, today we reunited finally after very long journeys to Semey (Semipalatinsk).
After taking some rest and enjoying the hospitality of the oncology center of Semey, we discussed with the director of the oncology center the health impact of nuclear testing in Semipalatinsk and implementing treatment projects. To sum up the discussion, I’d like to quote the principal:
“What happened in Semey (Semipalatinsk), should never happen again in any part of the world.” Read more