Scottish Friends of Bhopal, in association with Edinburgh University’s International Development Week, participated in a workshop series highlighting the history of Bhopal and ongoing efforts for justice. Lorraine Close, a nurse who volunteered at the Sambhavna Clinic for six months, shared her experiences and encouraged dialogue within the small groups.
Students learned that the impact of the 1984 disaster is ongoing as Ingrid Neil, the BMA Scottish Project Worker, underscored its relevance in the local context. Interactive discussions offered students the opportunity to ask questions, challenge perceptions, and learn about tangible ways to get involved—including joining at saathi, or friend, group on campus.
The goal is to promote collaboration: to ensure the network of support for the Bhopali people is strong and active. The Scottish Friends of Bhopal are currently working with Medsin, a student network and charity that tackles global and local health inequalities through education, advocacy, and community action. The two groups are working together to organize a free screening of Bhopali on February 27th at the Banshee Labyrinth in Edinburgh.