"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

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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What a lovely bunch of humans

Tues 8th February: Worked with the gardeners peeling the skin off Asparagus Racemosis. The asparagus root had already been boiled in a large dish and now the peeling was taking place. The remaining part was left out to dry. The next stage is grinding it down to a powder to make tablets or just use […]

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Staff Perspective

On the matter of working at the clinic, the staff of Sambhavna express very similar feelings. “Working in a social organisation you have a completely different relationship with those who come for care. And in a non-hierarchical workplace you also have a different relationship with your co-workers,” says Biju. Ritesh, another of the community health […]

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Sambhavna’s Beliefs

The disaster in Bhopal is not an isolated event. Workers and communities are routinely poisoned all over the world. Reduction and eventual elimination of hazardous chemicals from the planet and our daily lives is the only solution to the growing number of slow and silent Bhopals in our midst. Until this happens, the safety of […]

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Bhopal – A Silent Picture

Foreword to Samar Jodha’s forthcoming exhibition by Dominique Lapierre How thrilled I am to learn that Samar S. Jodha, one of the photographers I admire the most, is offering his talent to the cause of the Bhopal tragedy! His photo-installation is a striking document which will contribute to perpetuate the memory of an apocalyptic event […]

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