"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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11 Union Carbide still poisons Bhopal

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People The pesticide factory that leaked the poisonous gases on that terrible night was shut down soon after. But the factory continues to poison the land and the groundwater and the people living in its neighbourhood. In the 14 years that the factory produced pesticides, it also produced […]

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10 The cycle of illness-work-illness

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People Seven out of ten women and men who were exposed to Union Carbide’s poisonous gases that night did hard physical labour (digging holes in the ground with axes, carrying loads on their heads, pushing handcarts, cutting wood and other work) to earn enough for their food, shelter […]

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Martin Sheen Bhopal film in trouble

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times Mumbai, March 08, 2011 Hollywood stars Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton’s upcoming film, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, based on the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, has come under severe attack from NGOs and campaigners for several reasons. Sheen plays Warren Anderson, the then chief executive of Union Carbide, while Barton plays […]

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09 And the living

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People Well over half a million people were exposed. Those exposed had swollen eyes and they were gasping for breath. Medical research showed that once people inhaled the poisonous gases, the poisons went into their blood and as the blood circulated in the body, the poisons in it […]

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08 The dead

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People As people ran in the direction of the gas they inhaled more and more of the poison and fell down dead. Many children holding on to their parents got wrenched off as they joined the fleeing crowds. Many women lost their unborn children as they ran. Thousands […]

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