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Kazakhstan. Semipalatinsk. Regional Children Clinical Hospital. Alina Dasko suffers from an endocrinology disease. She was born in 1994 in the village of Mikkailovka, near the Semipalatinsk Polygon ( called today National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan). Alina Dasko is a second (or third) generation victim of the 456 atomic testing - 116 atmospheric, 340 underground - from 1949 to 1989. The regions high frequency of endocrinology diseases is primarily due to fallout from nearby nuclear test sites. Alina Dasko shows the human and environmental effects of nuclear radiation, contamination and pollution from atomic tests programs of the former Soviet Union. Semey is the kazak name for Semipalatinsk and is located in the Eastern Kazakhstan Province. © 2008 Didier Ruef .