Honoured to be part of Glastonbury Festival 2011

The Bhopal Medical Appeal is honoured to be part of Glastonbury Festival 2011 and deeply grateful to Michael Eavis, our patron, and all the organisers of the festival for this opportunity to demonstrate that passion and compassion can make a better, kinder, safer world.

Bhopal occupies a tragic page in the global dictionary of disaster and disgrace.

Twenty-seven years ago, a poorly designed chemical plant built by one of the richest companies in the world, based in Danbury, Connecticut USA, predictably exploded leaking gases and toxic poisons, and killing and injuring tens of thousands of human beings.

The company has compounded its shame in other ways since December 1984, becoming a fugitive from justice, and a prime player in misuse of the justice system to escape its duty to clean up the Bhopal site, and properly compensate the people whose lives it took away or ruined.

Twenty-seven years later the factory site still leaks toxic chemicals and poisons the injured people of Bhopal and their children.

Incomprehensibly, the Indian government is complicit in the ongoing crime, time and again bowing down to the raw power of unaccountable American multinationals: Union Carbide and its business partner Dow Chemical, architects of the chemical bombing of Vietnam, 20 years before the Bhopal disaster.

The Brighton-based Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two clinics in Bhopal which bandage open wounds and bring healthcare and hope to the poor of Bhopal, free of charge.

Glastonbury Festival allows us to bring Bhopal’s messages of optimism, in spite of present difficulties, to new generations of young and idealistic people, the hope of our damaged world. We, the Bhopal Medical Appeal, invite festival goers to join us in creating our Bhopali Sculpture Garden in the Leftfield at Glastonbury Festival 2011, and supporters far and wide to donate and join our debate on our website, www.bhopal.org – we’re proud to be able to make a contribution to this great festival in the beating heart of England.

For more information about our Bhopali Sculpture Garden workshops in the Leftfield at Glastonbury 2011, contact beckymoss@bhopal.org

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.