If successful, "restorative justice" could also provide a way forward for future cases—and force companies to put people, and the planet, before profitsby Martin Wright / December 7, 2017 / Leave a comment
A common reaction to mention of the Bhopal poison gas disaster is “I think I’ve heard of it, but wasn’t it a long time ago?” Indeed, it was—in 1984 to be precise—but people are still suffering its after-effects. Worse, there has been a second poisoning: deadly chemicals left on the abandoned site are leaching into the water supply.
Humera is one young victim who is suffering, despite being born years after the disaster. She is three years old and has a serious development delay. Humera’s grandmother was exposed to Union Carbide’s poison gas in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster. Humera and her parents live in the Nawab Colony area where they were exposed to the water contaminated by toxic waste while the Union Carbide factory—now abandoned—was still in production.
This contaminated groundwater aquifer has been the primary drinking water source for tens of thousands of people for many years and is widely believed to be the cause of a spate of health problems and birth defects now affecting a third generation in the communities living here.
Humera is not the only child affected. Ateek Uddeen is 15 years old and suffers from cerebral palsy. Both his parents were exposed to Union Carbide’s poison gas in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster.
Enna is 5 years old and suffers from mental retardation along with cerebral palsy.
Enna’s father was exposed to Union Carbide’s poison gas in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster, and her mother died two years ago.