Bhopal survivors take their message to Europe

A quarter of a century after the world’s worst industrial disaster, there is no end in sight to the survivors’ struggle for justice. Those responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy are yet to be brought to justice, and the clean-up of the affected area is not yet complete.

Twenty-five years ago, the people of the central Indian city of Bhopal woke up to the horrors of what’s since come to be known as the world’s worst industrial disaster. Around midnight on December 2, 1984, toxic chemicals leaked from Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in the city.

Some of the survivors have been on a bus tour around Europe to publicize the fact that, 25 years on, the after effects of the disaster continue to devastate the community. The tour was organized by the London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International together with partner organizations, the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and The Bhopal Medical Appeal.

Dany Mitzman caught up with the touring survivors during their stopover in Rome.

(first broadcast on World in Progress, Deutsche Welle Radio, 3rd December, 2009)

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