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Old Bhopal waking up.
Disabled child from Chingari Trust Rehabilitation Center.
Children playing on contaminated soil nearby Union Carbide factory.
The wall around Union Carbide.
Panoramic view of the wall around Union Carbide. The holes in the wall do not prevent people to go inside the chemical site.
A gas-victim invited me into her home.
Contaminated soil nearby Union Carbide factory.
Community health workers educate the people in the slums.
32nd annual protest against Union Carbide & DOW
Reproductions from pictures of the disaster 32 years ago.

Iris Janssens, Did you know ?

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NL

32 jaar nadat er in Bhopal, India een enorme gifwolk uit de pesticidenfabriek van Union Carbide ontsnapt, leven duizenden slachtoffers nog altijd in extreem mensonwaardige omstandigheden. Zij hebben amper toegang tot zuiver water en zijn niet in staat om in hun levensonderhoud te voorzien. Bij de ramp stierven 20 000 mensen, 10 000 mensen werden gehandicapt, blind of liepen andere ernstige aandoeningen op. In Bhopal is de ramp allesbehalve vergeten. We zitten al aan een derde generatie slachtoffers met aangeboren afwijkingen en het sterftecijfer is enorm. De omgeving rond het fabrieksdomein werd nooit gesaneerd en is dus nog steeds giftig, net zoals het grondwater dat 40 maal de toegestane norm aan pesticiden bevat. Hierdoor is het drinkwater zeer ernstig vervuild.

EN

Thirty-two years after an enormous toxic cloud escaped from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, thousands of victims are still living in extremely degrading circumstances. They barely have access to pure water and they are unable to support themselves. The disaster killed 20,000 people, while 10,000 more were disabled, blinded or otherwise severely injured. In Bhopal, the disaster is not forgotten, with now a third generation of victims with congenital defects and a staggering mortality rate. The surroundings of the plant site was never cleaned up and is still poisonous, as is the heavily contaminated groundwater that contains forty times more pesticides than the allowed level.

Credits
  • Sambhavna Trust Clinic
  • Chingari Trust Rehabilitation Center
  • Bhopal Medical Appeal
  • Annelies de Mey
  • Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans

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Mentoren / Mentors
de Mey Annelies
Ruchel-Stockmans Katarzyna