Bhopal gas tragedy

Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Bhopal 3 December, Bhopal Gas Kand

 Almost 30 years since the Bhopal gas leak tragedy and there seems to be no respite for the victims and their families. From the struggle of living with disability to the struggle of getting compensation from the government- every day is a fight for survival. On the 28th anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy, we bring you the story of one such victim.

Sachin Kumar crawls on his hands and knees after playing a game of cricket with his friends in a slum near the site of the deserted Union Carbide factory in Bhopal.

Twenty-eight years after an explosion causing a mass gas leak, in the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, killed at least eight thousand people, toxic material from the 'biggest industrial disaster in history' continues to affect Bhopalis.

A new generation is growing up sick, disabled and struggling for justice. The effects of the disaster on the health of generations to come, both through genetics, transferred from gas victims to their children and through the ongoing severe contamination, caused by the Union Carbide factory, has only started to develop visible forms recently.

8 year old Annan is carried by Nafiza Bee co-ordinator of the Chingari Trust clinic and he suffers from cerebral palsy and receives vital rehabilitative support and care at the Chingari Trust Clinic. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Sachin Kumar lives with his parents Suresh and Sangita, his 3 sisters, Jyoti, Arti and Punam and his brother Ravi, in a slum where a number of people affected by either water contamination or poison contamination have been relocated to.

Sachin was born with a birth defect rendering his legs practically useless. Sachin had been receiving physical therapy treatment and education from the Chingari Trust rehabilitation Centre for victims of the 1984 gas tragedy, for which he has been registered for.

However Sachin's health has turned for the worse and his legs, now covered with open sores, restrict him from travelling to the major road where the Chingari Trust bus can pick him up for daily treatment.

The oldest of four, Sachin spends his days playing board games with his friends and a rare game of cricket, which he sees as the fulfilment of his dreams of becoming a professional cricket player.

Sachin, who is suffering from disabilities due to groundwater contamination following the 1984 Union Carbide pesticide plant disaster in Bhopal, attends a press conference with paralympic athletes demanding the Indian government to boycott the forthcoming London Olmpics, over sponsorship by a US company linked to the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.



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