Claes-Göran Bjernér  (Cameraman)

First News Report -The Day After the Union Carbide Disaster

"My job as a news cameraman meant I often had to take certain risks. I have survived 23 different wars as a soldier and combat cameraman, but shooting in Bhopal that tragic day seems more important than all those combats I covered during my career... and I don’t think any victim in India gets even close to the medical attention I enjoy here in Stockholm for the damage the gas in Bhopal did to my lungs"

The immensity of the death toll would seem to demand silence, but nature is indifferent to suffering. As you walk through the derelict Union Carbide factory in Bhopal there is the sound of birdsong and the chirruping of cicadas. Sunlight streams through the trees, dappling the vines that creep over the rusting gantries, pipelines and towers.

Nearly a quarter century after the worst industrial disaster in history, the former Union Carbide plant at Bhopal in India is still causing suffering by polluting a drinking water aquifer. Environmental consultants Joe Jackson and Maeve McLoughlin argue that a comprehensive clean-up is long overdue.

Our Blog has followed the legal and political debate, the grassroots campaigns and community response to assist in the delivery of medical services to the marginalised communities in Bhopal.

Your money helps us provide free medical care to the survivors of both disasters in Bhopal. We are funded almost exclusively by the generosity of ordinary people around the world.

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.