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.