"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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White House protest

Obama fails to speak up for Bhopal

“The failure of President Obama to speak up will embolden US-based companies to ignore accountability for their involvement in human rights abuses.” Amnesty International. ‘A U.S. company failing to comply with legitimate court order should be explained.’ ‘On the eve of President Obama’s trip to India to be the chief guest of India’s Republic Day […]

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Social Justice

A history of the Bhopal criminal prosecutions

To mark 30 years since the Bhopal Gas Disaster in December 1984, Social Justice have devoted their December 2014 Issue, entitled Special Issue: Bhopal and After: The Chemical Industry as Toxic Capitalism, Vol. 41-1-2, to revisiting ‘the meaning of the disaster, its causes, and its consequences. – (See more at: www.socialjusticejournal.org…) Tim Edwards, activist and managing trustee […]

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