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

Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai

This 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 over 30 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

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 150,000 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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UCC, Dow question govt ‘turnaround’ over relief

Express News Service Posted online: Tue Mar 01 2011, 05:06 hrs Indian Express Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) and Dow Chemicals issued official statements on Monday saying they were puzzled by the Government of India’s “abrupt turnaround” to challenge a “fair, final and irrevocable settlement” for $470 million arrived at in 1989. The statements from Houston […]

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Survivors welcome admission of curative petition by SC

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net Bhopal: Representatives of five organizations of the survivors of the December 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy, the world’s worst industrial catastrophe, on Monday welcomed the admission of the curative petition for enhancement of compensation by the Supreme Court of India. However, holding the Government of India primarily responsible for the collusive settlement […]

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Supreme Court fast-tracks Bhopal cases

From NDTV New Delhi: The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Union Carbide Corporation, Dow Chemicals and others on a Centre’s plea seeking enhancement of compensation to the victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy from Rs. 750 crore to Rs. 7,700 crore. The apex court also sought replies of Mcleod Russel India, which holds […]

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Cancer cases in Bhopal have tripled: ICMR study

From The Times of India online NEW DELHI, FEB 27: Cancer cases in Bhopal — the city which saw one of the world’s worst industrial disasters — have more than tripled among men and more than doubled among women between 1988 and 2007. A 19-year-long study, conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, has […]

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