Sanjay’s UK Visit April/ May 2012

Bhopal Gas Disaster Survivor Sanjay

Sanjay, standing inside the abandoned factory. He stands in front of a sign outlining what to do in case of chemical disaster.

Sanjay Verma was 6 months old at the time of the disaster. He lived with his parents, and eight brothers and sisters, in the slum bastee right opposite the disaster factory. Sanjay’s life was saved by his sister simply bundling him up in a cloth and running from their home, fleeing amongst the panic, after they smelled the escaping gas. Sanjay, his sister, and his 13 year old brother survived. His five other siblings and both of his parent died that night. Sanjay’s was the worst hit family in all of Bhopal.

Sanjay and his sister lived for a while in an orphanage and then, after 7 years, had to leave. Sunil, the oldest surviving brother, had to take two jobs to look after his younger brother and sister. Sunil suffered terrible mental health issues and, after several attempts on his own life, finally managed to commit suicide in 2006. He was found hanged, wearing a T-shirt with the slogan- ‘No More Bhopals’.

Confirmed Events- Sanjay’s Visit April/ May 2012

20th April, London, Olympic Stadium, 10,000 Days Anniversary, Press Interviews

23rd April , Edinburgh. Daytime- Bhopali screening and Q&A Queen Margaret University. 6.30pm- followed talk at Wordpower bookshop.

24th April, Edinburgh. Daytime- Meet politicians at launch of Hazards Campaign exhibition, Scottish Parliament. 6.30pm- Bhopali screening and Q&A, The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street  Edinburgh,  EH2 2PR

25th April, Oxford.  Bhopali screening and Q&A at Oxford Brookes University, Fuller Building FH101, 6.30pm

26th April, Interview NuSound Radio 10.50am

26th April, Brighton, Bhopali screening and Q&A at University of Brighton, LT 1, Cockcroft Building, 5.00pm

27th April, London, Press Conference- Sanjay, Barry Gardiner, Meredith Alexander, Indian Journalists Association, India Club, 2nd Floor, Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, WC2RA 1JA,  4.00pm

28th April, London. International Workers Memorial Day- Remember the dead- and fight for the living!  10.30am Assemble at the statue of the Building Worker on Tower Hill next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. 12.30pm Walthamstow Market., by the TV screen near the library

29th April, London, Bhopali Screening and Q&A, Courthouse Doubletree Hotel (private cinema) 19-21 Great Malborough Street, W1F 7HL, Time TBC

30th April, London.  Bhopali screening and Q&A at Colorama Cinema  527-56 Lancaster Street, SE1 7.30pm

1st May, London, Bhopali screening and Q&A at Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, EC2A 3EA, 6.30pm

2nd May, Oxford, Bhopali Screening and Q&A, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College, Oxford University, Broad Street, 5.00pm

3rd May, London, Bhopali screening and Q&A at London School of Economics St Clements Building, Room 221, 6.00- 8.00pm

4th May, London, Bhopali screening and Q&A , The Barn 2, Hendon Campus,  Middlesex University 3-5.30pm

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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.