Impacts of the Cold War on Kazakhstan By: Kyla Kolivoski
The Cold War hurt many people in Kazakhstan because many nuclear tests occurred here. This spot was chosen because they believed nobody lived here but they were wrong. Today many people are still affected due to the radiation, passing it down through 5 generations. People were also tricked into being test subjects so they could see what would happen.
The Cold War caused many birth defects in children. The radiation from the nuclear test can be passed down to the children of those affected. Due to this Kazakhstan's fertility rate has gone down. Today 100,000 people are still affected by the radiation.
Due to the Cold War Kazakhstan's once flat land is now destroyed. The nuclear test caused many holes to be formed in the ground from the explosions. These test have also hurt most animals homes.
During the Cold War Kazakhstan went into a famine. Due to all of the nuclear test it was hard for Kazakhstan to produce food. The tests caused their soil to be useless.
We could not produce our own food and had no access to food. We also could not produce food to trade.
Due to these nuclear test unfortunately today there are still effects. People were exposed to bursts of radiation during the tests and as well exposed to low doses over the decades that followed. This has resulted in higher rates of heart disease, cancer and many other health problems.