Newsletter November 2007
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This newsletter is a massive 32 pager – we have spent the long gap since the last one documenting the epidemic of children born damaged in communities neighbouring the derelict Union Carbide factory.
“What the people of Atul Ayub Nagar didn’t know, because no one had told them, was that the ground on the other side of the factory wall, yards from their houses, was severely contaminated by toxins. A private Union Carbide memo (above) never meant for publication, reports that samples of water taken inside the factory proved instantly fatal to fish. Fish died too, in water to which dry soil samples had been added. The causes? Naphthol (abdominal pain, convulsions, diarrhoea and vomiting) and naphthalene (anaemia, cataracts, retinal damage, liver and brain damage, possible cancer). Carbide had known of the danger since 1989, but it issued no warnings. Its bosses in India and the US watched silently as families already ruined by Carbide’s gases drank, and bathed their kids in, poisoned water.”