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What the spirit of Bhopal teaches us about surviving despair, Tim Edwards, TEDxWarwick

Tim sheds light on the forgotten story of the Bhopal Gas disaster, one of the worst industrial tragedies in the modern era. As head of the Bhopal Medical Appeal, he talks about his journey in founding an organization aimed at caring for those still enduring horrific illnesses from a man-made chemical disaster.

Tim was inspired by the strength of the survivors after visiting the city 15 years later, and has been advocating on behalf of Bhopal ever since, advising on the social, legal, environmental and medical complexities of Union Carbide's disaster. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.


Breathe Fire

Breathe Fire is a project conceived and written for the Bhopal Medical Appeal. Its aim is to spread awareness of the ongoing disaster in Bhopal and, ultimately, to help shame those in positions of power into acting to put it right.

Here you will find all of the versions of the song that have been recorded so far, all with equally stunning videos, and we welcome all musicians to take the song and make their own version, in whatever way they see fit,  using these lyrics & chords as a starting point…


Bhopal, Toxic Trespass

The children shown in this video are second and third generation sufferers of the effects of Union Carbide’s toxic chemicals. Some of them have a parent, or grandparent, poisoned in the 1984 gas tragedy; whilst the parents of others have been exposed to the contaminated water now found in these areas thanks to the toxic waste abandoned in and around the factory. Shockingly, some of the children’s parents were gassed in 1984 and, with an added, cruel twist,  have been slowly poisoned by the water ever since.

Photos: © Giles Clarke, Getty Images reportage


Bhopali in 2 Minutes

A short film specially made for the BMA, by Van Maximilian Carlson, director of award winning documentary Bhopali, simply expressing the disaster story in 2 minutes.


Ghosts of Bhopal

Short film, made around the time of the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, by Canadian journalist Jennifer Wells and videographer Spencer Wynn.


Sambhavna Trust Clinic

Short film describing life in Bhopal and the work of the Sambhavna Trust Clinic produced by UK medical student Joe Malone.


Chingari Trust Rehabilitation Centre

A short web movie introducing the Chingari Trust Rehabilitation Centre using some of Alex Masi’s award winning photos.


Avaes Mohammad performs 'Bhopal'

Writer, performance poet, and BMA Trustee Avaes Mohammad performs his poem ‘Bhopal’ at the time of the 20th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Disaster.


City of Lakes

Music video for Autorickshaw’s song ‘City of Lakes’. Proceeds from City of Lakes have been for the benefit of the Bhopal Medical Appeal.


London Olympics Commissioner Resigns on Newsnight 25 Jan 2012

Meredith Alexander appears live on the BBC's Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman to announce her resignation from the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012.


Bhopal Not a Closed Chapter in History

Meredith Alexander, campaign director at Avaaz, on why Bhopal is not a closed chapter in history.


Future Olympic Sponsorship Deals

Meredith Alexander urges the International Olympic Committee to rethink how they choose future Olympic sponsors.


A Medical Emergency in Bhopal

Colin Toogood, from the Bhopal Medical Appeal, talks about the continuing medical emergency in Bhopal.

Externally Linked Videos


A multi award-winning documentary film, describes the experience of second generation children affected by the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster along with the ongoing contamination of ground water.

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Hush Baby

Short film, produced around the 15th anniversary of the Bhopal Disaster, describing the spate of birth defects in those born to disaster survivors and the survivors fight for justice.

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