"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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07 Poison Clouds over Bhopal

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People Most people living close the factory were very poor people. Their houses were made of mud and they had thatched roofs. When the poisonous gases leaked from the factory almost everybody in the neighbourhood communities was asleep and had no notion that they were surrounded by the […]

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06 A disaster waiting to happen

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People On December 2nd, 1984 a few workers were told to clean the pipes that carried the deadly MIC. The cleaning was being done by a high pressure jet of water. Because of the unsafe condition of the factory a lot of the water went inside the tank […]

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05 Profit before people

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People The effect of all this cost cutting soon began to show. Many workers were exposed to dangerous gases and had to be hospitalised, and in December 1981 one Mr Ashraf was killed when he was exposed to phosgene. The managers of the Bhopal factory sent the reports […]

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04 Double standards of safety

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People Union Carbide already had a pesticide factory running in a small town in the USA called Institute in West Virginia. When they built the factory in Bhopal, instead of building a factory similar to the factory at Institute, they made many changes. They cut down on the […]

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03 Union Carbide comes to Bhopal

From Sathyu’s Introduction to Bhopal for Young People Union Carbide (UCC) built its pesticide factory in Bhopal while the Green Revolution was at its peak. The people managing the corporation thought that because farmers in Madhya Pradesh grew cotton and other crops that ‘needed’ a lot of pesticides they could do good business here. The […]

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