India – Bhopal Toxic Legacy

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Thirtysix years elapsed since the industrial era worst tragedy, but the disaster continues to this day. Nobody cleaned up the Union Carbide plant and 80 per cent of Bhopal water sources are contaminated by chemicals leaking from the abandoned factory. An estimated 500,000 survivors are still chronically ill. Over 25,000 have died of exposure-related illnesses and more are dying still. Tens of thousands of children born after the disaster suffer from growth problems. Unpunished crimes of a tragedy that most of the world have forgotten.

Grazing inside Union Carbide plantPhysiotherapy session at the Chingari reabilitation center, which provides free medical care to Bhopal childrenOn a wall of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New DelhiBhopal train stationPeople collecting water in Jp Nagar neighborhood, where water sorces are heavily contaminatedPlaying cricket inside Union Carbide compoundDrugs distribution at the Sambhavna clinic, which provides free medical care to Bhopal survivorsGovernmental office to attend to Bhopal survivorsHazira Bee, leader of the Bhopal survivorsChildren playing at Union Carbide dumpsiteInside Union Carbide abandoned laboratoryInside Union Carbide security officeChildren playing around the statue built in memory of the Bhopal disaster at JP Nagar neighborhoodTriage at the Sambhavna clinicSambhavna clinic waiting roomSambhavna clinic garden, where most drugs used for survivors originateHighway building site over Union Carbide dumpsideDoctor Ramesh Bhargava attending Bhopal survivors in the JLN Hospital, BhopalPhysiotherapy session at the Chingari reabilitation centerSatinath Sarangi (on the left), founder of the Sambhavna clinic, during a meetingPolice office at the entrance of Union Carbide compoundThe gas tank exploded in 1984 abandoned inside Union Carbide compoundUnion Carbide compound from Jp Nagar neighborhoodJp Nagar inhabitants working on the Union Carbide area boundary wallOn the wall of Union Carbide compoundIn the main Bhopal market, a vendor showing her scales to ask justice for Bhopal disasterThe statue in memory of the Bhopal disaster at JP Nagar neighborhoodBhopal train station hallBhopal health clubSathyu with some members of the Sambhavna clinic staff

Sono passati 36 anni dal disastro di Bhopal, il più grave dell’era industriale, che finora è costato la vita di oltre 25mila persone. L’impianto della Union Carbide, la fabbrica di pesticidi americana del gruppo Dow Chemical che causò il disastro, non è ancora stato decontaminato. L’80% delle fonti d’approvvigionamento idrico della città sono inquinate dalle sostanze tossiche abbandonate nell’impianto e percolate nella falda acquifera. Circa 500mila persone sopravvivono in condizioni disperate, affette da cronici problemi all’apparato respiratorio, immunitario, neurologico, riproduttivo e intestinale. Migliaia di bambini continuano a venire al mondo condannati a deformità fisiche, cecità, ritardo mentale. Crimini ancora impuniti di una tragedia dimenticata.

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