Warwick man aiming to help victims of the Bhopal disaster

A WARWICK man is looking for people to help him support a clinic treating people in an area of India still affected by one of the worst industrial disasters the world has seen.

In 1984 a highly toxic gas leak at a Union Carbide Corporation pesticide plant in Bhopal led to thousands of deaths in one night.

Thousands more were left sick and have been facing chronic health problems such as psychological and neurological disabilities, blindness, and deformity ever since. Third generation children are still being born with serious birth defects.

Ian Jarvis, 63, (left) of Coten End has long followed the problems in Bhopal and is now hoping to use his therapeutic skills to make a difference out there.

He practises spineworks at the Warwick Therapy Centre in Brook Street as well as specialising in reiki and shiatsu and is raising money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal (BMA) ahead of his three month volunteering trip in August.

He said: “The incident itself was a really big thing, it had major coverage worldwide. Even now it is still classed as the worst industrial disaster there has ever been. More people have died from it than Chernobyl.

“There are still children being born with deformities. The site has just not been cleaned up, it’s absolutely disgusting how people there have been treated.

“I recall the incident which made a big impression on me in my 30s and when, recently, I decided that there was more to life than just doing treatments in Warwick and looked for a project to work with, this one was the first that struck me.

“It was caused by negligence and people trying to save money and cut corners, which is even more relevant now than it was back then.

“I want to do something to make a difference before I’m too old.”

It’s estimated that over 100,000 people are chronically sick from the effects of that night, while another 30,000 are ill from polluted water.

There is only one place people can go for help, the Sambhavna Clinic, which provides free care and treatment and is funded solely by public donations through the BMA.

“I’m sure some of the therapy that I do will help,” added Mr Jarvis. “I’m sure they need a lot of healing out there.”

“There are also all sorts of other things they do out there, they don’t have many volunteers.”

To support Mr Jarvis and the BMA go online.

www.justgiving.com/Spineworks

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We believe Dow & DuPont 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.