Anyone with a passing interest in the Chernobyl disaster will have heard of Pripyat. Some might even know that Pripyat and the town of Chernobyl are two different places. A few may even have heard of Poliske. However, for most, that's where it will end. This is perhaps not surprising as the Eastern Polesia region wasn't home to many big settlements, quite possibly one of the reasons for building a Nuclear Plant in the area. Instead it was mainly made up of small villages varying in size from a couple of hundred souls to a couple of thousand.
Almost all of the small villages were at one point completely abandoned. Yet, over time small numbers of Samosely have returned. Now most of the villages on the above map contain a handful of elderly residents.
There are more villages than I have featured on this page, but not too many will have any information available as they are well off the beaten track. The ones we do know about are the ones visited by tourists and photo journalists. Most of these are home to Samosely and tend to be in the east of the zone.