in the picture:
She was 8 months old when har parents died on the morning of the
disaster. She was brought up by her tau and tai [father's elder
brother and his wife.] Life became hard when Tau lost his job at
the straw board mill. She passed 12th class with a 2nd Division
and is now in the first year of a B.Com course. She is keen to learn
computing. Annu is sickly, her eyes hurt all the time, her head
aches and she has chest pains She does not how much compensation
she got. It is in the bank she says.
from Bhopal 13 July
was the fourth day. the docs have been getting acetone in the urine
[pl check on the web re implications of acetone in urine] since
the 9th july. Shahid is not doing very well. I have requested some
one to talk to the Chief Minister within the next hour. We are trying
to gather as many people as possible, by whatever means we have.
from Bhopal, very late 10th July
spoke to Shahid Noor. Asked why
they are protesting.
He said "because Digvijay had always promised to help us orphans.
In 1994 on the 10th anniversary of the disaster Digivijay called
us to his house and made a public pronouncement that all of us would
be provided with means to earn our livelihoods. [Aap sab logon
ko rozgaar say lagayenge]. He said it in the presence of media
people and it was published in several newspapers."
Also asked him why the sudden decision. Shahid said "because
in April during one of our trips to Arif Aqeel [the Minister for
Gas Relief - sic] Aqeel called an official Ms. Jyotsna Gupta from
the district administration and directed her to arrange loans for
20 people. After 3 months of running back and forth, most of it
done by me, we were told to bring "below poverty line"
ration cards. That's when we got fed up."
more information about this story you can contact Sathyu Sarangi
Noor is also available for interview by mobile phone. Please
contact Sathyu for his number.
to Chief Minister Digvijay Singh
91 755 244 2255 [personal phone]
00 91 755 254 0500 [fax]