The Bhopal Medical Appeal remembers Moira Wales

Flame of Bhopal (2)Moira Wales, who had been suffering from breast cancer and died on April 1st 2014.

Moira nominated the BMA as one of the charities to benefit from kind donations friends and family made in lieu of flowers at her funeral.

Moira deeply valued social justice – with a compassion for the downtrodden and those who had been dealt an unfair hand in life that was coupled with an anger against those who abuse their positions of power, influence or privilege. This passion was part of who she was and was a reflection of how much she cared about the people around her and the wider concerns that affected the world she lived in.

David Mitchell’s complex novel ‘Cloud Atlas’ was a seminal text for Moira, a talented writer herself. She wrote an eloquent review for her local book group. Her husband, Jon remarks; ‘She succeeded, I feel, in capturing the essence of its complexity by identifying its core meaning’. She writes:

“The events in the novel are dark. Tears are everywhere. Is there hope that humanity can forever leave its appalling behaviour behind? We have to believe in this hope. Acts of human decency spawn further goodness and although each act is but a drop in the ocean, in the closing words of ‘Cloud Atlas’;

“What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?”


Jon felt this was a fitting epitaph for Moira.

With our most humble thanks.

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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.