Just after midnight on that fateful day, a cloud of gas spewed out of the Union Carbide plant, spreading a white blanket of poison into the poverty-stricken neighbourhoods. Two thousand people -- many of them children -- were asphyxiated in minutes. Thousands more were seriously injured, suffering blindness, bleeding lungs, and a gruesome loss of all bodily functions.
One woman tells a story of fleeing with her two children, and having a spontaneous miscarriage in the street as she ran. She also talks of crowds of people, all running while having lost bowel control.
Even the imagination can't match what it must have been like. But the horror isn't over. The company abandoned the plant, including tonnes of toxics that are leaching into the ground, water, and air. A rash of birth defects plagues children born since 1984.
The CEO of Union Carbide was convicted of murder for his role, and has still not been brought to justice; he lives free in the United States to this day.
Dow insists that it is not responsible to clean up the site, and that the paltry "settlement" agreed to between Union Carbide and the Indian Government is restitution enough. Bollocks.
This is the worst case of heartless, soulless, corporate greed. It is obscene and intolerable. We must not forget about Bhopal. We must not let Dow off the hook.
Below are several websites that have all the information and tools you need to get involved in bringing some modicum of justice in this continuing, bald, horrific scandal.
Bhopal.net - International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
Topic : Corporate Greed Posted By : Anita Roddick Posted On : December 1, 2004
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Re : 20 Years of Injustice By Mona Walsh on December 18, 2009
Hi Anita...I'm working with the Bhopal Medical Appeal and it's great that you wrote about the awful situation in Bhopal in 2004 to help raise awareness. Five years on from this post the Bhopal Medical Appeal released a report proving that the water supply is still toxic in the area and therefore still killing people and causing deformities in unborn children.
We could do with as much support as possible to help change this situation and to provide much needed, free medical care for the survivors of the Gas Leak disaster - who have been dealing with poisoned drinking water for 25 years!
More info on thw website, we're also on Facebook, Twitter,you tube justgiving etc
Re : 20 Years of Injustice By cheryl rickman on December 3, 2004
It is such an outrage that honesty and decent humanity has fallen by the wayside in terms of the Bhopal tragedy. It looked for a moment like Dow were going to hold their hands up, as reports came in to the BBC of compensation, but it turns out that they still decline responsibility. Here's the details of how "The world was better today, for a couple of hours" http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=36318
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