India – Bhopal Toxic Legacy

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Sambhavna Clinic and Chingari Rehabilitation Center are no profit organizations providing free medical care to the Bhopal disaster victims. Thirty 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 120,000–150,000 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, and many women have gynecological disorders. Unpunished crimes of a tragedy that most of the world have forgotten.

Grazing inside Union Carbide plantChingari reabilitation centerHazira Bee, leader of the Bhopal survivorsPeople collecting water in Jp Nagar neighborhood, where water sorces are heavily contaminatedOn a wall of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New DelhiJP Nagar neighborhoodDoctor Ramesh Bhargava attending Bhopal survivors in the JLN HospitalSambhavna clinicSambhavna clinicSatinath Sarangi, founder of the Sambhavna clinicSambhavna clinicUnion Carbide area from Jp Nagar neighborhood Inside Union Carbide laboratoryJp Nagar people working on the Union Carbide area boundary wallChildren collecting contaminated waterJP Nagar neighborhoodA statue in memory of the Bhopal tragedy in JP Nagar neighborhoodThe gas tank exploded in 1984Chingari reabilitation centerChingari reabilitation centerChingari reabilitation centerChingari reabilitation centerSambhavna clinic officeSambhavna clinic garden, where most drugs used for survivors originateSambhavna clinic main entranceA young shepard with his goats in the Union Carbide plantPolice office at the entrance of Union Carbide areaInside Union Carbide laboratoryOn a wall of Union Carbide areaJP Nagar neighborhoodSambhavna clinic staffHealth%26Fitness in BhopalInside Union Carbide security office

Sono passati 30 anni dal disastro di Bhopal, il più grave disastro dell’era industriale, in cui persero la vita oltre 30mila persone. Sambhavna Clinic e Chingari Rehabilitation Center sono organizzazioni no profit che forniscono assistenza medica gratuita ai sopravvissuti di questa tragedia senza fine. 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 150mila 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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