"As an example of a holistic, environmentally-sound, community-focused and patient-centred approach to healthcare, the Sambhavna Clinic is way ahead of anything I have ever visited or worked in, anywhere in the world."

Dr John Hurst, Senior Lecturer, Honorary Consultant, UCL Medical School / Royal Free Hampstead NHS, London

Raghu Rai

The famous, terrible and tender picture was taken by Magnum photographer Raghu Rai on the morning of December 3rd, 1984, after the night of horror in Bhopal when a huge cloud of poison gas 500 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide spewed from a factory belonging to Union Carbide Corporation.

Thousands died in hideous ways. As the sun rose on streets full of corpses, Raghu found himself in a graveyard where a man was burying his young daughter. The father had covered the tiny body but then, unable to bear parting from her, brushed the earth away for one last look.

For the Bhopalis this picture has come to symbolise 28 years of unimaginable suffering, an injustice never righted, crimes unpunished, and a community that most of the world has forgotten.

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Children of Bhopal

Something very shameful is happening in Bhopal and hardly anyone knows about it. Children are being born dead and malformed in numbers not seen since the spate of horrific births that followed the gas catastrophe of 1984.

Mention Bhopal and most people think of the horrific events of 3rd December 1984, when the city was devastated by a huge leak of poison gas from a pesticide factory owned by US chemical giant Union Carbide.

Thousands died in agony, choking, blinded by gas that burned their eyes and seared their lungs. More than half a million were injured. Today in the city, upwards of 100,000 people are still chronically ill from the injuries suffered on that night. The death toll has reached more than 25,000.

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30 years of suffering 1984 – 2014

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters. The negative consequences of the disaster have never been properly remedied and continue to undermine human rights. The pollution has contaminated water and soil in the area, harming the rights to health and access to clean drinking water of people in the surrounding communities. Many persons not exposed to the gas leak have developed health problems similar to persons who had been exposed, including cancers and reproductive health issues among women and girls.

The survivors of Bhopal have turned the tragedy that overwhelmed them into a lesson in courage and love that overcomes all odds, and brings healing out of horror. They could have accomplished little of this without the remarkable efforts of their supporters in the UK, and around the world.

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Bhopal Anniversary Drop-in Workshop in Leeds on 2 December

Reframing Disaster is hosting a Bhopal Anniversary Drop-in Workshop at The Tetley, Leeds, from 3.30 – 5.30pm on 2 December. This is open to high school, college, and university students, and will be especially relevant for those with interests in world history, photography, world literature, film, charity and fundraising, and international politics. The workshop will […]

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#BhopalFacing30 Events THIS WEEK

#BhopalFacing30 launch is launched at AmnestyUK tonight, 17th November, from 18:30. The exhibition will run from 17th November to 17th December. FREE entry, all welcome. #BhopalFacing30 Book launch on Wednesday 19th at Housmans radical bookshop. £3 entry redeemable against any purchase, all welcome. More Details #BhopalFacing30 special exhibition at London City Hall from 22 November […]

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