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Global Day of Action, 2005

Students for Bhopal chapters around the world are organizing events and actions to mark the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal disaster. Find out more below!

..........University of Michigan
..........Chennai, India
..........Delhi University, India
..........Oakland University
..........Long Island University
..........University of California, Berkeley
..........University of Cincinnati
..........Bard College
..........Washington, DC
..........University of Indiana
..........University of Texas, Austin
..........Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
..........Baton Rouge
..........Johns Hopkins University
..........University of Alaska


On November 29, 2005, the Seattle City Council issued an official Proclamation declaring Dec. 3rd “Bhopal Remembrance Day”. In doing so, Seattle became the second city to declare support for the victims, following a resolution passed by the San Francisco City Council in April of last year.

The City proclamation observed that the inaction of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) and Dow Chemical is counter to Seattle’s aims for environmental sustainability. Seattle City Council member and proclamation sponsor Nick Licata said, "All of us must be accountable for our actions. If Dow eludes accountability for its liabilities in Bhopal, why should American citizens expect any corporation to accept responsibility for harm they may cause in the United States?"

The proclamation marks an important step in the rising demand for justice over the Bhopal issue, whose victims feel betrayed by the actions of Union Carbide and Dow Chemical.

“Bhopal can happen in our backyard. As global citizens it is our responsibility to address these issues whenever possible and our local coalition felt we could do our part to call attention to this human rights abuse,” said Sandhya Banda, member of the Seattle Coalition for Justice in Bhopal.

The Seattle Coalition for Justice in Bhopal, which initiated this action, is also planning an event on December 3rd to commemorate the Remembrance Day. The short film "20 Years Without Justice" will be followed by a vigil at St. James’ Cathedral in Seattle.

This event is part of the “Women Confronting Globalization” event which starts at 2pm in the same location. Guest speakers from Chiapas and the Mexico Solidarity Network will talk about women confronting globalization, followed by a showing of the film, “Questions without Answers,” about the femicides in Juarez, Mexico.

Contact: Valerie Costa, Seattle Coalition for Justice in Bhopal & Amnesty International, 206-979-6927.

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University of Michigan

On FRIDAY, Dec. 2nd, UM students will be out raising awareness about the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster on the Diag, the central crossroads of the University of Michigan. The presentation will include a prepared 10-minute skit, which will be repeated at the top of the hour from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm while people are on their way to class. It is obviously going to be LOADS of fun and very informative about this gas leak which has been forgotten by all but those in Bhopal who are still silently suffering from it 21 years later.


Choking on the burning gas

The living and the dead

Mouring the murdered

Vowing to fight for the living

On December 2nd, 2005, the Ann Arbor chapter of the Association for India’s Development, EnAct, Environmental Justice and Students for Bhopal co-sponsored several performances of a powerful Bhopal performance on the Diag, the central crossroads of the University of Michigan campus. The event was covered in the campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily, and over the course of the day several hundred people watched the performance.

Writes the Daily: “LSA junior Joseph Mathias and LSA senior Deetti Reddy rolled on the ground while smoke emitted from a large black barrel in the Diag on Friday. The performance was a part of the Students for Bhopal's re-enactment of the Bhopal Tragedy, a chemical spill that killed thousands of Indians nearly two decades ago.

The University of Michigan flag flew at half-staff

"’Not a lot of people know that the Bhopal disaster ever happened,’ said performer Jeff Collins, a University alum who works with Students for Bhopal, a student group that supports reparations for victims of the disaster. ‘There is still responsibility that has not been taken,’ Collins said. ‘Union Carbide just picked up and left. (The chemicals are) all still there.’ Students for Bhopal wants Dow to clean up the toxins, face a trial, provide long-term health care and provide economic support for the victims.”

The five-minute silent skit is an abstract reenactment of the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster. Its purpose is to remind the public that Dow's liability in Bhopal remains unresolved as people continue to die from the effects of the toxic gas. The Dow Grim Reaper represents Dow's culpability in these deaths. The person in white represents those who have died. The person in red represents the injured, who carry the legacy of the disaster in their blood. The person in gray represents the rest of us, who are neither criminals nor victims, but nonetheless must bury the dead, care for the injured, and demand justice from Dow. Read the script and watch a video (Quicktime: 24 MB) of the performance!

Contact: Leher Thadani, AID-Ann Arbor

On SATURDAY, Dec. 3rd, two events are planned:

1. A caravan of students and Bhopal supporters to Midland, to confront five Dow Board members (including the current Dow CEO) with the names, faces and stories of those they’re killing.


On December 1st, 2005, six members of the University of Michigan community traveled to Midland, Michigan to talk to five members of Dow’s Board of Directors – the folks responsible for perpetuating the ongoing chemical terror in Bhopal. We weren’t sure what to expect: in the past, Dow’s Board members have refused to speak with us, and fled when they knew we’d be arriving. So this visit was a surprise, timed to catch the Board members off guard and hopefully willing to speak about the disaster.

Stavropoulos befuddled by Michigan students

We started at the CEO's home, Andrew Liveris. He was either not home, or refused to come to the door, but we did leave a poster taped on his door with a note for when he returned.

This was repeated at the home of Dow's Chief Financial Officer, J. Pedro Reinhard.

We had better luck with the third name on our list, William Stavropoulos, himself the former CEO of Dow and current Chairman of the Board. We disturbed his restful enjoyment of a television sporting event as he reclined in a luxurious leather armchair. He appeared perplexed as he cautiously peered through the blinds next to his door, until he read the poster we'd brought. Then he became more agitated, nervous in his gestures. After a few seconds he held his hands up, palms outward, indicating his refusal to speak with us. At the control panel he turned off the lights to the living room and enabled the security system. He pressed the emergency button, calling his private security service, and moved to the kitchen where he also dimmed the lights before telephoning the Midland Police Department.

"Stay clear of Dow pets" we were told

We hadn't driven far before the men in blue pulled us over with flashing lights. Over the course of the next hour, they asked each driver for their license and registration, and also collected the identification of the other passengers. They verified our phone numbers, addresses, and occupations. And they photographed each of us with a digital camera, as well as our license plates. We were informed that we were never again to set foot on Dow property, approach any Dow building or facility, visit any of the Dow Board members, Dow executives, or Dow employees in any capacity. We were told to stay clear of Dow pets, avoid inhaling air once breathed by Dow's management, and to refrain from reading public documents produced by Dow, silently or aloud. They specifically instructed us to give our children different names than those given to the children of Dow executives. If we should break these rules, we were told, we would permanently forfeit our ability to send mail using the US Postal Service.

Overall we were astonished by the guilt and fear our friendly visit seemed to inspire. It’s clear that Dow’s Board members do not enjoy being held accountable for their actions, and it’s also clear why. We remain committed to reminding them of their responsibilities until justice is finally done.

2. A public art project, commemorating and memorializing the Bhopal disaster, will be created using seven large “toxic waste” drums, stencils, images and recordings.


Julie Peterson accepts the gift on behalf of the University of Michigan

On December 3rd, 2005, several students and supporters of the Bhopal campaign joined together in the creation of a public art project, memorializing the catastrophic disaster that happened 21 years ago. Entitled “Bhopal”, the project featured seven large “toxic waste” drums, each of which was covered with stencils, writings and images representing such themes as “THAT NIGHT,” “The Women’s Union,” and “Compensation”. Each barrel also contains a sound installation, which will continue to play this 3-minute clip of powerful quotes and damning Carbide lies set against the mournful backdrop of the Indian sitar.

A closeup of one of the stencils

The project was presented to the University of Michigan at the home of its President, Mary Sue Coleman. President Coleman was out of town and unable to accept the gift in person, but Julie Peterson, the University’s Vice President for Communications, was on hand to accept the gift on behalf of the school. Jayanthi Reddy from AID-Ann Arbor and Ryan Bodanyi from Students for Bhopal spoke briefly about the disaster, its importance, and the local movement to ensure that Bhopal is not forgotten. Julie Peterson also spoke, echoing the importance of remembrance and thanking us for the gift to the school. The barrels themselves will be displayed separately in seven different buildings on the University of Michigan campus.

Contact: Jayanthi Reddy, AID-Ann Arbor

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Chennai, India

On the 21st anniversary of Bhopal we at Chennai are organizing an awareness run in Besant Nagar - a very popular coastal locality in city of Chennai. The theme of the run would revolve around the relevance of the Bhopal Gas Disaster to our lives today. The theme will also look at a general awareness on the need for safe environment and greater corporate accountability in our corporate ruled lives.

The route of the run will cover an area of about 5kms and will end with a candle-light-vigil at the Elliots Beach (a popular beach in Besant Nagar). This beach is a weekend crowd puller and the 3rd of December being a Saturday will have a considerable gathering. We are inviting schools, friends and local residents to participate.

On the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Disaster, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal invites you to join:
“Run For Life” and Candle-light Vigil in memory of Bhopal
Date: 3 December 2005
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Elliots Beach, near the skating rink/ Planet Yum

Many More Bhopals: Emboldened by the Government’s willingness to condone crimes by private corporations, a thousand Bhopals have sprung up around the country. The most polluting and most dangerous factories make a beeline for India attracted by the Indian Government’s offer of easy clearances and lax environmental regulation.

Chemplast and Malco’s factory complexes in Mettur, the SIPCOT Industrial Estate in Cuddalore, the Ennore-Manali Petrochemical belt, Sterlite’s illegal copper smelter in Tuticorin, Orchid Chemical’s death factory in Alathur, the dyeing units in Tirupur, Hindustan Lever’s mercury waste dumps in Kodaikanal – these are all slow-motion Bhopals in Tamilnadu where the Government’s reluctance to crack-down on polluters is threatening workers, communities and the environment. The Government’s reluctance is also a result of people’s failure to organize.

We invite you to join other concerned people in a “Run/Walk for Life” and Candle-light vigil at the Besant Nagar Beach

Contact: Shweta Narayan


On December 3rd, 2005, the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, “We Feel Responsible” and other Bhopal supporters in Chennai hosted a “Run For Life” and candle-light vigil in memory of Bhopal and the slow-motion Bhopals in their own community.

Schools, friends and local residents were invited to participate in the event, which included the performance of a street play and ended with a poignant candle-light vigil at the Elliots Beach.

The run covered an area of about 5kms, snaking its way along the beach in Besant Nagar - a very popular coastal locality in city of Chennai and a weekend crowd puller. The theme revolved around the relevance of the Bhopal Gas Disaster to our lives today; the general need for a safe environment and greater corporate accountability in our corporate-ruled lives; and Chennai’s own slow-motion Bhopals, including Chemplast and Malco’s factory complexes in Mettur, the SIPCOT Industrial Estate in Cuddalore, the Ennore-Manali Petrochemical belt, Sterlite’s illegal copper smelter in Tuticorin, Orchid Chemical’s death factory in Alathur, the dyeing units in Tirupur, and Hindustan Lever’s mercury waste dumps in Kodaikanal. In all these cases the Government’s reluctance to crack-down on polluters is threatening workers, communities and the environment.

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Delhi University, India

On the 30th November 2005 We for Bhopal will be putting up a stall at the British Council at the "Beyond Border" cultural event: “Beyond Borders is a regional project of the British Council which provides a platform to young people to share and address issues related to identity, diversity and active citizenship. Over 100 young people from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and the UK are participating in and working together on this project.” As part of our activity we will be selling our report and copies of the film, as well as t-shirts, badges provided by Rachna, and other material given by The Other Media. The film "Closer to Reality" will be screened followed by a discussion. Needless to say given the reach of BCL this will be an important step towards creating awareness amongst the youth about Bhopal and other related issues.

This 3rd December the decision was taken to have a candle light vigil wherever the group will be and by involving the rest of the class mates this would spread the message. Sahil will take photographs of the event and we will share the images with Students for Bhopal and Bhopal.net.

On December 10 Human Rights Day we plan to join the Lok Sangathan call for "Punish the Guilty" demonstration. Wfb will carry banners provided by ICJB and before we go to the demonstration we plan to do a signature campaign on a 9 by 3 white sheet at the university. This sheet will be carried to the demonstration site.

Contact: Akhil Katyal, We for Bhopal

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Oakland University

On November 16, 2005, several students from Oakland University and the University of Michigan joined in a protest outside Dow’s Midland, MI headquarters. Although the weather was bitterly cold, the students waved banners, shouted slogans, and went inside to meet with Dow Public Affairs man Scott Wheeler.

“Scott Wheeler focused his argument on the grounds that Dow does not and never has owned the facility and that the land is now owned by the state government and so we should focus our complaints against them. He said Union Carbide sold the land lease to Eveready and then the government seized the land from them. He also said that Dow bought the shares of Union Carbide, which means they own UC's assets, but not their liabilities. I don't know how true that is, but I feel we learned a lot from talking to him – if only about their ‘no blame’ mindset.”

Contact: Ariana Toth, Amnesty International Oakland University

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Long Island University

This year we will be holding our second annual Bhopal Art Contest. Basically anybody can submit pieces of artwork for this contest, such as music, posters, sculpture, painting, writing, etc. There are three prizes and the deadline is December 2nd. Then on the 3rd we're going to hold a presenting event for winners and participants.

Contact: Kasey Jacobs

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The Boston Coalition for Justice in Bhopal is hosting a candlelight vigil in Downtown Boston followed by a short film and talk afterwards on Friday, December 2nd from 4:15-6pm at the Park St. T-stop. Continuing on to Community Church for a 17 min film and discussion at 6pm. Each vigil attendee will read aloud 5 names of people who died in the immediate disaster in 1984. We will be collecting signatures for the ‘Don’t work for Dirty Dow Campaign.’ Since our location will be at one of the busiest subway stops in the heart of Boston at rush hour we hope to raise awareness with a broad audience.

Friday, December 2nd, 2005
4:15 - 6pm Candlelight Vigil
Boston Common, Outside Park St. T-Stop
6:30-7:30 Film & Discussion at Community Church of Boston,
565 Boylston St.
Sponsored by the Boston Coalition for Bhopal: Association for India’s Development, Local Amnesty International Chapters, Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia, Environmental Health Fund and Mass Global Action.

Contact: Aquene Freechild, 617-254-6018 for further details.

(click here for photos and the press release!)

Protesting outside Boston Commons

A discussion followed

Joining in solidarity for Bhopal

On December 3rd, 2005, the 21st Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, the Boston Coalition for Justice in Bhopal held a candlelight vigil in Boston Commons (Park Street T Stop) during Rush Hour, starting at 4:15. Even though it was a windy and cold day, a lot of folks braved the winds for a solemn memorial to the lives lost and in solidarity with the Bhopal survivors. The Justice For Bhopal banner, the recitation of the powerful survivor accounts, short handouts, and the large posters raised awareness amongst a lot of people during the rush hour in front of Park Street subway station.

Then we walked to the Community Church for a screening of the 17-minute Bhopal documentary, “Twenty Years Without Justice.” We had a round of introductions for some new interested folks and tried to encourage planning for next year for the Bhopal campaign followed by going to dinner together.

So, it was a successful event over all for the coalition. We hope to also continue the momentum from this year and plan more things for next year.

Boston Coalition For Justice in Bhopal is a group that was formed for Bhopal action throughout the year with various Boston based groups in the middle of this year. The members of the group are: AID Boston, Somerville Amnesty International Chapter, Environment Health Fund, South Asia Center and Alliance For Secular and Democratic South Asia. The overall coordinator for this group is Aquene Freechild from Environment Health Fund/Students For Bhopal.

Read this article in JSONS! Read more in India New England!

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University of California, Berkeley



The world's worst industrial disaster in the history of mankind. Twenty one years later the Struggle continues

On the eve of the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal Disaster, join us to find out Why?

Association for India's Development (AID) Berkeley Chapter and International House presents:

Twenty-One years Without Justice

When: December 1, Thursday, 7:30pm

Where: Homeroom, International House
2299 Piedmont Ave. Berkeley, CA 94720-2320

Join us for a viewing of the documentary, Twenty years Without Justice, and a photo exhibit that depicts the struggle over two decades. The documentary will be followed by a conversation with Diana Ruiz, Dow Accountability Network Coordinator

For more information, please contact: Sachin Deshmukh
For directions see: http://ihouse.berkeley.edu/i/visitor.html

This event is sponsored by the UC Berkeley International House Program office as part of its Globalization series.
The Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA) works to educate, organize, and empower the Bay Area South Asian communities to end violence, oppression, racism and exploitation within and against our diverse communities.

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University of Cincinnati

FYI, Association for India's Development (AID) calls for a 21st Anniversary REMEMBER BHOPAL in Cincinnati to seek justice for Bhopal. Dec 2nd-3rd, 2005 marks the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal disaster. This day has been declared as the - Global Day of Action against Corporate Crime. Join AID, to send a resounding message to all the irresponsible corporations that there will be 'No more Bhopals'.

• Dec 1st & Dec 2nd : Photo exhibition (9.00am - 6.00pm) 4th floor Lobby Engineering Research Center (ERC), University of Cincinnati. We are exhibiting a photo exhibition by works of Raghu Rai, Maude Dorr and other internationally recognized photographers. The exhibition consists of images that they took in Bhopal since 1984, documenting the horror.

• Dec 2nd : Fast observance (Dawn to dusk) & Screening ‘Bhopal Express’ (12:30 am- 2.00 pm) at 427 ERC, University of Cincinnati. People interested in fasting from sunrise to sunset for the cause are requested to contact Sandesh Samdaria at 513.297.4822

“Bhopal Express”,a feature film, explores the true story of the world's largest industrial disaster. Championed by David Lynch and featuring Naseeruddin Shah and Zeenat Aman, the tragedy is revealed through the experiences of newlyweds Verma (Kay Kay), a foreman at the Carbide plant, his wife Tara (Nethra Raghuraman) and their friend Bashir (Shah).

This film is a human drama set against the gas tragedy in Bhopal which took place in 1984. The film examines the irresponsible methods of large corporations and the effects of their actions on common people. Details: http://www.bhopalexpress.com/

Contact: Sandesh Samdaria, AID Cincinnati


On December 2nd and 3rd, AID-Cincinnati hosted a photo exhibition about the Bhopal disaster on the University of Cincinnati campus.

The Photo exhibition went well. Lots of people passed by, read and conveyed solidarity. We had 4 people who fasted on Dec 2nd in memory of Bhopal.

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Bard College

From November 11th through December 10th, 2005, Bard College hosted the exhibit, "Flames not Flowers," photos by Raghu Rai and Maude Dorr, in their student center. Alongside this exhibit, Bard premiered another smaller color photography exhibit called "Bhopal: New Sites of Suffering and Healing in the Aftermath of the Bhopal Gas Disaster," by Bridget Hanna, William Hanna, Prakash Hatvalne and Adriane Raff-Corwin.

The photos were hung down one long wall at the campus center at Bard, a locus of activity that everyone in the community passes through on a regular basis. The sequence begins with the disaster and Rai's photos, progresses through Dorr's collages, and then ends with the small exhibit of new images. Even as the show was being hung, many people stopped to look at the arresting images. Standing in the campus center watching the traffic, it is clear that most cannot pass the exhibit without paying attention to it, and many people seem very moved by what is portrayed. The sheet we provided for commentary has had only thanks and praise written on it thus far.

We hope that this exhibit will help further raise the awareness about Bhopal at Bard, and will get people riled up to make some noise!

Contact: Bridget Hanna

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Please join a.i.d, atlanta with your questions, your thoughts & your inquiries for

A Roundtable Discussion with updates, an Introductory Documentary & Pictures from a visit to Bhopal this year!

FEATURING: Paddy Sharma (President, IACA), Bobbie Paul (Exec Director, WAND), Prof. Ian & Yael Fletcher (GSU), Prof. Govindaraj (Industrial & Systems Engg, Gatech/ A.I.D.), Laura Moye (Amnesty International), SA4U Steering Committee Member(s) and more…

What is the significance of talking about Bhopal 21 years after the initial disaster? How do we understand the cross-border, international, human significance of what has and is happening in and with Bhopal? What is our role in it? What is DOW Chemical doing/ not doing? The governments? What are the wider implications of accountability and justice?

Time : 7PM on Thursday Dec 1, 2005

Venue : Room 207, Instructional Center
Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA (see directions below)

Contact: Srini Seetharaman, AID-Atlanta

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Washington, DC

In memory of those killed and in solidarity with those who continue to struggle for justice in Bhopal and everywhere in South Asia, a new initiative,



An afternoon of documentary films and theater on struggles for social, economic, and environmental justice in the region

Fleming Center, 1426 9th St. NW
Washington DC
(near Shaw/Howard Metro stop on Green Line)
(map http://tinyurl.com/cj2oc)

This event is co-sponsored by:

Association for India's Development (AID) Maryland chapter, Amnesty
International USA, and Mobilization for Global Justice


*India and Free Trade: A Closer Look at Bhopal*
A documentary film on "free trade" and on "winners and losers" in a free market economy. As a case in point, it examines the Bhopal gas disaster and the changes brought about by transnational corporations in India.
(Running Time:35:00)

Andolan Jari Chha (The Struggle Continues)
A documentary on the continuing struggle for democracy and Human Rights in Nepal, with footage from people's actions opposing the brutality of the monarchy and the Maoist insurgents. (Running Time: 17:35)

The Pit
A play on religious fundamentalism in the Indian sub-continent, commemorating the upcoming anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition on December 6, 1992 and the following violence that killed thousands.
(Show Time: 20:00)

There will be time for discussion. Light refreshments will be served

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Justice in South Asia volunteers:
Basav Sen 202-997-0479
Darshana Patel 717-449-1238
Shirin 202-329-3406


On December 3rd, 2005, “Justice in South Asia” presented “Bhopal and Beyond: People’s Struggles in South Asia,” an afternoon of documentary films and theater on struggles for social, economic, and environmental justice in the region. Co-sponsored by the Association for India's Development (AID) Maryland chapter, Amnesty International USA, and Mobilization for Global Justice, the program featured a screening of “India and Free Trade: A Closer Look at Bhopal” as well as “Andolan Jari Chha” (The Struggle Continues) about the continuing struggle for democracy and Human Rights in Nepal, and “The Pit,” a play on religious fundamentalism in the Indian sub-continent. About 40 people attended the event, and participated in the discussion afterwards.

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A Call to Unite for Bhopal!
Association for India’s Development (AID) – Milwaukee
Invites you to join us in a vigil and walk, to remember the victims of Bhopal and extend our support to those who are still struggling for justice!

Where: Gather near the Milwaukee Public Library by 8th and Wisconsin
Avenue, Milwaukee and together proceed towards the Mahatma Gandhi Statue
by the County Court houses.

When: Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 at 2pm.

Why: The Bhopal Gas tragedy also known as the ‘Hiroshima of the chemical industry’ was one of the worst industrial disasters in the history of the world. In 1984, a storage tank containing 40 tons of toxic methyl-isocyanate burst at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, a city in central India. The poisonous gas leak killed 8,000 people the first day and nearly 20,000 to date. The victims were meagerly compensated and the site still remains polluted. In 2001, Dow Chemical acquired Union Carbide but refuses to take any responsibility for either the tragedy or for the gross contamination that still remains at the Bhopal site. Dow Chemicals refusal to take responsibility coupled with the Indian Government’s apathy has left the victims still struggling for justice 21 years after the disaster.

The event will begin with a stand out vigil besides the Milwaukee Public Library followed by a walk towards the Mahatma Gandhi statue (Milwaukee County Court Houses), the champion of nonviolent struggle.

Contact: Sushma Iyer
http://www.educationforthepeople.org and http://www.aidindia.org


It was snowing, it was cold but the AID Milwaukee volunteers were steadfast in our resolve to demand justice for the victims of the Bhopal Gas Disaster. The message that volunteers wanted to convey when they gathered in front of Milwaukee public library was short and clear: Dow, Clean Bhopal now! The vigil was to observe the 21st Anniversary of Bhopal Gas disaster and was organized by AID Milwaukee along with “Education for People”, a grassroots community-based advocacy organization head quartered in Milwaukee (http://educationforthepeople.org).

The event started in front of the Milwaukee Public library and the goal was to spread awareness for the cause. A night before volunteers prepared a few posters, which would be used the next day to promote awareness of the campaign. “We got 50 honks in our support”, remarked Krishna while talking about the success the event received. The group then walked together towards the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Milwaukee Court house where they lit candles and a minute of silence was observed to remember those who died. The cold and heavy snow was a deterrent but not enough to stop people from speaking out their views on the issue. Ashish, an AID volunteer echoed the demands of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB). He said, Dow should clean up the toxic waste from the site, provide long-term health care to those affected, face trial in the court and provide economic and social support to the victims. Prem talked about few of the achievements for the campaign in the last year, with the notable ones being the order of the Supreme Court of India asking Madhya Pradesh Government to supply clean drinking water and the Indian Oil Corporation cancellation of purchase of technology from Dow Chemicals. Matt Nelson, director of “Education for People” talked about corporate accountability and how some corporations have destroyed communities but have not been held accountable for that. With Matt's remark the event came to an end with the resolve that we will keep fighting for the Justice in Bhopal.

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Northampton, MA

A film and discussion about the World¹s Worst Industrial Disaster in Bhopal India and its relevance for our own struggles against corporate control

7 pm Wednesday December 14 at the Media Education Foundation
60 Masonic St., Northampton:
Commemorating International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal Disaster (Dec. 2/3)

The film, “Litigating Disaster,” follows the 20-year legal struggle for compensation for the victims of the world's worst industrial disaster that occurred in Bhopal, India Dec. 3, 1984 when a leak from a Union Carbide chemical pesticide plant resulted in the death of 15,000 people or more and the maiming of hundreds of thousands. The film makes it clear the real culprit is the lack of any international law or tribunal to govern the activities of multinational corporations.

Ward Morehouse, co-founder of POCLAD (national Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy) will lead a discussion and speak briefly about the lessons he has learned from his own 21-year involvement in the struggled for justice in Bhopal about international control of corporations.

Copies of Morehouse’s new book, THE BHOPAL READER: remembering twenty years of the world¹s worst industrial disaster will be for sale.

Copies of Amnesty International’s report using the Bhopal case calling for a universal human rights framework for business, based on the UN Norms for Business will be available for discussion. The Report says such standards are necessary, “to hold companies accountable and guarantee redress for the victims.”

The evening will be sponsored by POCLAD (Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy)

Contact: Carolyn Toll Oppenheim

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University of Indiana

Association for India's Development (AID)

Bhopal: The Search for Justice | Thu Dec 1st 6:00PM | Ballantine 228

Vigil for the Victims | Fri Dec 2nd 4:30PM | Dunn Meadows

This December 3rd marks the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy -- * the worst industrial disaster in human history *.
AID invites you to learn more about this terrible tragedy and show solidarity with the 20,000 victims by joining us for a documentary on Bhopal this December 1st and a candlelight vigil on December 2nd.


BHOPAL: The Search for Justice (A Documentary Film)
"This 52-minute documentary explores and analyzes
the prospect for environmental and human justice
in Bhopal. At stake is more than fair compensation
for the many affected and afflicted - "Bhopal"
has become a rallying cry and a test case for
international environmental law and human rights."

DATE: Thursday 1st December, 2005
LOCATION: Ballantine Hall, Room 228, Indiana University Campus


A candlelight vigil in memory of the 20,000 dead and the
hundreds of thousands of disabled continuing to suffer in
the aftermath of the deadly gas leak 21 years past. Let
us show solidarity with these victims who continue to
fight for justice.

DATE: Friday 2nd December, 2005
TIME: 4:30-6PM
LOCATION: SW Corner of Dunn Meadows, Indiana University Campus

Contact: Yogesh Simmhan, AID-Bloomington


On December 2nd, 2005, the Bloomington chapter of the Association for India’s Development hosted a vigil and documentary screening to mark the 21st anniversary of the world’s worst-ever industrial disaster.

“We had a good turnout for the vigil though the documentary was a washout since we were screening the same one as last year.

“We had the vigil for 2hrs on Dec 2nd at the heart of the campus and close to downtown. Over 20 people joined us and stood thro the bitter cold and held posters. We talked to faculty, students, and staff who passed by and over 30 people stopped and interacted with us braving the cold. We explained about Bhopal and gave them flyers with things they could do to help.

“Unlike last year, this year we did not manage to get media attention for our vigil. We'll have to work closer with the campus newsdesk to make sure we get press coverage in future.”

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University of Texas, Austin

As a part of Bhopal week, we are planning to distribute small pins with "DOW" crossed out. We also would like to ask sign-ups for a day long fast on Dec 3rd.

Contact: Gauri Vibhakar Karve, AID-Austin


December 3rd, 2005 marked the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy. AID-Austin commemorated the event by holding a candlelight vigil, which was attended by twenty-five people. One individual read poetry, while others read survivor stories, while another sang a song of inspiration and hope. Being the Global Day of Action, a few AID-Austin volunteers held a day-long fast in solidarity with the Bhopal survivors.

Attendees of the vigil also had an opportunity to write messages in two different diaries, one for the Bhopal survivors, and one for Dow, respectively.

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Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal

After a series of deliberations we have decided to organise a Photo exhibition in the campus with valuable inputs from Rachna and also with the help of the print outs of those which we could manage through the website. We hope a good turn out from the faculty too as we got a positive and highly boosting remarks from a couple of them already. Tommorrow i have sought an appointment with Rachna and perhaps i could join with the programmes that she and Sadbhavana trust is organising marking the anniversary too.

Contact: Nahar Muhammed


With the exciting support and co-operation from Students for Bhopal especially and others around like Rachna here we organised something in Indian Institute of Forest Management this time marking the 21st anniversary of Bhopal tragedy. I wish to extend whole hearted thanks to you all on behalf of everyone who were behind in organising such an event. We got overwhelming support from some of our faculties and several of our fellow students were also quite helpful and supportive in the whole effort. We gathered the support of the IIFM community by collecting their signatures with comments in a big white sheet for which the response was something quite rewarding. It was after the absence of a substantial student community who are out of the campus primarily due to the field work.

I specially liked to mention the name of Ms. Swati Karamcheti, an MPhil student who had shown her enthusiasm right from the beginning and played an appreciable role in making the event a fair success. We hope and wish in the years to come IIFM will also find its place in the network of organisations and students who are part and parcel of the struggle against injustice to the victims of Bhopal tragedy.

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Baton Rouge

AID Baton Rouge will be hosting a candle light vigil and will be screening the movie "Litigating Disaster".

Contact: Prakash Narayanan, AID-Baton Rouge


To commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster, a candlelight vigil was organized by AID Baton Rouge on the evening of Dec 3, 2005. About 30 people attended the vigil, which commenced with the lighting of candles. Prakash Narayanan, an AID volunteer, addressed the attendees on the tragedy, current health of survivors and their fight for justice against Union Carbide (now DOW) and the Government of India. Information about the disaster was also provided on posters for everyone to read. A minute silence was then observed in remembrance of the dead and those who are still suffering to this day from the aftereffects of the gas leak.

As a follow up to the anniversary, a documentary titled "Litigating Disaster" by Ilan Ziv was screened the next day during the chapter's weekly community service hour. The documentary features Raj Sharma, the attorney for the Bhopal victims, and includes never before seen documents and exclusive interviews with former Union Carbide employees. The documentary generated considerable discussion among those present, including action that could be taken by the Baton Rouge community to increase awareness, and listed demands to be met by Dow and the Government of India. There were also some questions on the next appropriate day when some action could be taken here.

On the whole the vigil and the movie generated a good discussion and people are waiting to make the next move to spread the word that "We all live in Bhopal" and "No more Bhopals".

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Asha will be hosting a movie screening for awareness in relation to the anniversary actions, followed by a question and answer session about the disaster and the ongoing campaign for justice.

Contact: Anita Satish


On December 3rd, several Bhopal supporters and members of the Association for India’s Development (Milwaukee) visited the home of Dow Board member James Ringler:

Ashish (from AID Milwaukee), Satish and I (from Waukegan) left for Ringler's house around 9am. We reached Ringler's house around 9:15am and rang the bell. Waited for a few seconds before the door was opened by Ringler's daughter. She said -'You must be looking for my Dad', for which we responded yes. We were told that he is out of state, gone to Florida and is not expected back for another few months. We told her that we wanted to give him the poster board and she said she could not accept it. We said we would leave it at the door, for which she told us that she would throw it out right away and that it was no use. We stood firm that we were going to leave it there anyway (she seemed a bit taken aback by this). After this we handed out the letter (which consisted of the ICJB demands) and said we wanted to give Mr. Ringler this letter. She again said that she could not take anything from us to give him and closed the door. We pinned this letter to the poster board and left right away. While we were there a FedEx truck pulled in to their house and she signalled to the FedEx delivery person to wait till we were gone. As we left the house gates, we saw her reopening the door for the fedex person.

No Ringler, a bit disappointing!

A few questions that bothered us on our way back
- Was Ringler really away or was he in the house? There is no way of knowing.
- Will his daughter let Ringler know that we were there? Perhaps yes.
- Will she give the letter/poster reach Ringler? We don’t know. We thought that we could post a same letter to Ringler, to ensure that he knows we were there and that we delivered this letter to him.

All in all a few things to think about.

Letter to Mr. Ringler

December 3rd, 2005

Dear Mr. James Ringler and all DOW Board of Directors,

We include below a transcript of a letter that was delivered to Mr. Ringler's residence in Lake Forest IL, on December 3rd by supporters of the campaign for justice in Bhopal.

December 3rd is the anniversary of the chemical disaster that occurred in Bhopal 21 years ago in 1984. On this occasion we would like to remind you of the responsibilities towards the people of Bhopal. As Dow’s Board of Directors you have the power to change the situation in Bhopal. We urge and demand that you to use it to

- CLEAN UP THE POISON: Clean up toxic wastes and contaminated groundwater in and around the Union Carbide factory site. Provide safe water to the community, and just compensation for those who have been injured or made ill by this contamination and/or have had their property damaged.

- Submit Union Carbide for TRIAL: Ensure that Union Carbide and Warren Anderson present themselves in the Indian courts, and cease to abscond from the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Bhopal.

- PROVIDE LONG TERM HEALTH CARE: Provide for medical rehabilitation of the persons exposed to toxic gases and contaminated groundwater and their children. This includes medical care, health monitoring and necessary research studies. The company must provide all information on the health consequences of the leaked gases and contaminants in the ground water.

- PROVIDE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SUPPORT: Provide income opportunities to victims who can not pursue their usual trade as a result of exposure-induced illnesses and income support to families rendered destitute due to death or incapacitation of the breadwinner of the family.

In solidarity with the people of Bhopal,
Students for Bhopal (www.studentsforbhopal.org)
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (www.bhopal.net/icjb.html)

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We are planning events. I have been working with the High School Chapters in Houston to do Teach-ins on the issue. Also one of the University groups are planning on doing tabling and outreach to the public on the issue.

Contact: Corey Glenn, Amnesty International Student Area Coordinator

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Johns Hopkins University

We shall be screening the 17min “Twenty Years Without Justice” video, and do a signature drive for the 21st anniversary ... if we can get it we’ll also host the Bhopal Photo Exhibition around the Human Rights Day.

Contact: Nirveek Bhattacharjee, AID-JHU

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University of Alaska

To commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy caused by Union Carbide/Dow Chemical in India, Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) and Alaskans for Peace and Justice co-hosted the film, Litigating Disaster, on Friday, December 2 about the long-term health consequences of the chemical disaster on the people of Bhopal at the University of Alaska- Anchorage (UAA), with discussion led by Varsha following the film. About 40 people showed up for the film on a snowy Friday evening.

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“Dow: Poison Without End”
Take Action on Dec. 3rd, the 21st Anniversary of Bhopal

There are few deeds so dark as slowly poisoning a person to death.

The Bhopal disaster, Carbide’s chemical waste, and Dow’s refusal to clean up continues to poison tens of thousands – and kill another person each day. (1) Dow (and your college, if it’s associated with Dow) should be reminded of the names, faces and stories of those it’s killing.

Deliver oversize posters to Dow Board members, Dow facilities, and (if they’re associated with Dow) your college administrators that tell the story of a Bhopal survivor. Set these up on the campus green or in a central area and talk to people about what you’re doing the afternoon of or before the delivery.

... See the posters!

A Note About Printing
Your local copier should be able to print enlarged versions. Ask for a laminated copy or staple the paper on a cardboard or plywood backing to make signs; glue or nail a stake to the back to make signs you can hold up and wave, or stick in the ground of your college green. If you’re not able to print with color, the black & white version of the poster will come out better.

Tips & Resources
..........Understand your rights
..........Dow Board Members: where they are
..........Dow facilities: where they are
..........Is Dow at YOUR school?
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Partial list of dead & injured
..........Bhopal slogans
..........Other Bhopal Posters & Graphics
..........Props and other resources
..........Invite the media!
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Draft Op-eds
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft publicity poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........• Amnesty International report: Clouds of Injustice
..........Take photos and keep us updated!
..........• Looking for other ideas? Want to get creative with your event? Check out these ideas!

Victim #1: Sunil Kumar

Sunil Kumar
Age: 29 years
Address: A-769, Housing Board Colony, Karond, Bhopal

Sunil was 13 years old at the time of the disaster in Bhopal. Along with other members of the family he ran in panic after they were surrounded by the poisonous cloud in the middle of the night. He experienced burning sensation in the eyes and chest and cough. He got separated from his family members ran for about 2 kms. and got on to a bus going away from Bhopal . He vomited in the bus. About 70 kms. from Bhopal he got down at Hoshangabad. He lost consciousness there and was taken to the district hospital. He was admitted in to the hospital for one week during which his main complaints were breathlessness, cough and burning sensation in the eyes. He returned to Bhopal to find that both his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers had died due to the poison gases. His younger siblings, sister aged 10 and brother aged 2 and half were the only living members of his family. Since then he continues to suffer from breathlessness, tearing in the eyes [lacrymation], breathlessness on exertion, amnesia and nightmares still today, particularly in winter.

In March 1997 he started "hearing voices in his head" at night. He suffered from sleeplessness and imagined that the voices were those of persons plotting to kill him or cause him harm. These voices came to him even when he shut himself up in a room.

By June 1997 his condition had aggravated. He started hearing voices in the daytime too. His insomnia became worse. He started running away from home to go to forests and open spaces. Even there the voices chased him. In late 1998 he felt that his libido was diminishing. He lost interest in sex and was not able to get a full erection.

In May 1998 he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and prescribed drugs. According to him 75% of his problems are in control as long as he is under medication but soon as he stops taking them, his problems recur.

His current problems [whose severity depends on whether he is under medication or not] include: "hearing voices", insomnia, depression, suicidal thoughts [about once in a month], dis-attachment from immediate surroundings, tendency to stay lying in bed for as long as possible, need to avoid crowds and keep himself in a closed room. He is always afraid that people around him are trying to cause harm to him and that some one might kill him. When his condition gets worse he is suspicious of everybody around him including relatives and friends. There is no loss of appetite and except for an involuntary twitch in his left arm [which he says started around the same time as the beginning of his mental health problems] and seasonal aggravation of exposure related symptoms, he has no other health problems.

Victim #2: Shahid Noor

Shahid Noor
Age 30
Address: House 59, Union Carbide Road, Risaladar Colony, Chola, Bhopal, MP

Shahid was 8 and a half years old at the time of the disaster. He lost his father, mother and one younger brother in the disaster’s aftermath. Shahid's father used to work for Food Corporation of India, which was a well-paid job, and also had his own business. Shahid's father, Mohmammed Shakib, took young Shahid, his daughter, father and sister to get treatment for their eyes and breathing problems at JP Hospital. At that time Shahid's younger brother Wahid, his mother Shana Bee, and infant brother Badsha were also missing. They all were separated on night of 2nd Dec when they were all running to escape the gas. After they returned from the hospital they found Wahid (age 7) was back in the house. Someone had dropped him off. Shahid's father took all the family members back to his village on 3rd Dec afternoon in a maruti van. The condition of Shahid’s father deteriorated as soon as they had reached the village. Others were also having problems with their lungs and were unable to breathe. All of them were taken to taken to Hoshangabad district hospital. When they reached Hoshangabad hospital which is about 75km from Bhopal, there was no room to admit anyone. They were all full with people suffering from the effects of MIC. Except Shahid's father everyone was released from the hospital within half hour with some medication. Shahid and his family returned from the hospital. Shahid was unable to see because his eyes were swollen, so his uncle called him in front of his mother's dead body and asked him to carry out a death ceremony which a son should carry out for his mother at the time of her death. During the ceremony the son thanks his mother for the nurturing she provided to him as a young infant. This was the first time he had realized that his mother had died. That same night he also found out that his father had also died because he saw the dead body when it was brought to his house in village. Shahid stayed with his family in the village for 10-15 days and on the 8th days he found out that his younger brother, Badsha, had also died.

Until 1992 Shahid and his two remaining siblings lived with their grandmother, but left when they learned that she considered them a burden. They have fended for themselves since they were teenagers, living on their compensation money. They put themselves through high school.

The three children got compensation of three hundred thousand rupees. Shahid and Wahid each got 66 thousand rupees and Nilofer got 33 thousand. The rest was paid to their grandmothers.

All the money that Shahid got was spent long ago on medicines to try and cope with his personal injuries. He suffers from breathlessness, weakness, numbness in hands and legs, periodic illness, and aches.

Shahid has always been active in the fight against Union Carbide. In the beginning he was part of the group called "children against Carbide", which consisted of all the children who had lost their parents on the night of the disaster. In 1993 Shahid organized 27 orphaned kids and started demanding employment from the government. In 1994 their demands were accepted by Digvijay Singh government, but even now nothing has been done for them except fake promises. The group of orphans that Shahid organized is now called Bhopal Ki Awaaz (Voice of Bhopal). In 2004, 4 members Bhopal Ki Awaaz with the help of ICJB started their own source of income generation project called Chirag. They rent out solar lanterns to the vegetable, fruit hawkers and fish stalls for the evening. At the end of the evening they collect a rent of Rs 8 for the day. They have made more than Rs 60,000 in revenues and have 33 running lanterns. He is also an active member of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.

Victim #3: Mehboob Bi

Mehboob Bi
As told by Farah Edwards, a Bhopali woman who met her husband Tim when he cycled from Brighton to Bhopal to raise funds for the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

I CALL HER MY ADOPTED MOTHER, she says I am her daughter and that I’ll be there for her whenever she needs me. I just hope I will be, but these days I’m far away in England & I can’t stop worrying about her.

I first met Mehboob Bi when Tim and I were filming with the People’s Tribunal – this is when she lived in her old house, it was a lot better than the house she lives in now, but the moneylenders took it.

She had mortgaged it to get money for medicines for her sick husband, Chand Miya. He told her not to spend money oh him, she replied, ‘How can I not?’

Now she has moved to a corner of Qazi Camp to a house without a roof. In the monsoon the rain comes right in. The house is beside the stinking naala (an open sewage ditch). It was the only place she could find. I went to see the Chief Minister to ask him for some money for a new roof. He gave me 500 rupees, so I just spat in the earth outside his house. After this Raghu Rai the photographer and some others paid for a new roof.

Mehboob Bi, she has the most wonderful presence, looks straight into your eyes like she knows the truth.

The film cameraman was being an asshole and Mehboob Bi began to cry. I went and sat next to her and hugged her and cried with her.

She had just lost Chand, she was emotionally raw. You could see the pain and feel it in her. Tim and I then took a French journalist to her house. In the one room where everyone slept there was a goat tied to the steel bed. When he offered her money she refused to take it, so he left it under her pillow.

Mehboob Bi was married to Chand Miya. She did not belong to Bhopal. When she arrived here life was really easy as Chand Miya was working for Union Carbide.

‘We were so happy. We used to be well off, but my Kismet was written in Bhopal.’ Even today when she speaks of Chand tears roll from her eyes. She is so deeply wounded, so hurt. The gas has taken everything.

From the first time I saw her to the time when I left for England her face has weathered. Her daughter, the youngest one was so beautiful and wild, she looked a lot like her mother in the picture that Mehboob Bi shows so proudly of her and her husband.

She showed us an album of her pictures from before her marriage. She was stunning, dressed in short kurtas with big goggles, two plaits and curls plastered to the sides of her cheeks. One of her daughters said ‘Ammi looks like Mala Sinha.’ ‘No,’ said the other one, ‘she’s like Sadhna.’ (Both Indian filmstars.)

‘Chal hat pagli ladki’. Go on with you silly girl. That is what she said to her daughter with a coy smile.

When her daughters were small and there was no food Mehboob Bi used to give them water at night to fill their stomachs. ‘Afterwards I came to know that in many places the wells have been poisoned by that factory, the same cursed place that tried to kill us all with gas.’

So many years after the disaster Mehboob Bi suffers from serious head aches, often faints and gets very high temperatures for which there is no clear or obvious cause.

‘I am waiting, daughter,’ she tells me. ‘I am just waiting to go. I’m so tired, but who will look after these children then? The debt collectors will tear them apart, so the least I can do is spare them from debt before I go.

‘My husband warned me how dangerous the chemicals were. If by mistake you put your hand into them your hand would dissolve.

‘The day after the tragedy when we came back home our utensils were covered with a green coating. Chand Miya did not let us come in to the house he cleaned everything up, washed every corner of the house before he let us come in.

‘The days just before the disaster were the last few days I saw him happy. Our miseries began on that night. All of us had breathed the gas, but he most of all. When he got really ill and could no longer work . . . I . . . we ran short of money and I started work for the first time. He apologised to me for putting me through this. ‘I said jaan hai to jahaan hai, if we have life we have the world.

He often told me not to spend the money on him and his illness. “I will die,” he said, “don’t waste your money on me.”

‘And he did. He left me alone.’

Victim #4: Gangaram

Age: 49 years

Breathlessness since gas disaster, Constant cough, nearsightedness, tears in eyes, pain in joints, numbness.

I used to do manual work on a daily basis before the gas disaster and now I am not able to do any physical labor. Since I can't earn my living by physical labor so I have to depend on others in my family to live my life. All members in my family is sick. My youngest son, Shyam was 1.5 years old when he was exposed to toxic gas. He suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from past two years.

I firmly believe 100% that what my son and my family ailments are due to Union Carbide's toxic poisons. My wife, Dalima is also constantly sick. Since I am unable to work, and when my son became old enough to work he also became mentally unstable. I do whatever I can do to earn a living for my family.

Every month I earn Rs 1000-1200, which is sometimes not even enough to feed my family.

Victim #5: Paan Bai

Paan Bai was 18 when the gas leaked. She couldn’t open her eyes for a month afterwards. Then the cataracts came and ruined her vision within seven months.

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The international student campaign to hold Dow accountable for Bhopal, and its other toxic legacies around the world.
For more information about the campaign, or for problems regarding this website, contact
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Last updated: April 30, 2008


"The year 2003 was a special year in the history of the campaign for justice in Bhopal. It was the year when student and youth supporters from at least 30 campuses in the US and India took action against Dow Chemical or in support of the demands of the Bhopal survivors. As we enter the 20th year of the unfolding Bhopal disaster, we can, with your support, convey to Dow Chemical that the fight for justice in Bhopal is getting stronger and will continue till justice is done. We look forward to your continued support and good wishes, and hope that our joint struggle will pave the way for a just world free of the abuse of corporate power."

Signed/ Rasheeda Bi, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Affected Women Stationery Employees Union
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal