CNN's documentary focuses on Bhopal's brave survivors
No Indian can forget the catastrophic Bhopal gas tragedy, one of the world's worst industrial and human disasters. This nuclear power plant accident that occurred in December 1984, killed thousands, and left thousands more handicapped.
CNN International's “World's Untold Stories” now travels to Bhopal to see what has changed and what hasn't.
This special documentary, titled “25 Years After Midnight”, talks to survivors and activists who have devoted their lives to speak about the disaster, and help victims. Shortly after midnight, on December 3, 1984, a cloud of chemicals leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide plant, killing huge numbers.
While reportage in its aftermath has dwindled to anniversary rituals, for those in Bhopal, the disaster isn't just a moment in history.
It's an ever-present part of their daily life. Satinath Sarangi, the founder of Sambhavna Clinic sees new patients every day who are suffering from the after-effects of the disaster. The clinic provides free medical care for survivors of the gas tragedy.
The documentary tells how the Bhopal gas tragedy victims are affected — physically, financially, and emotionally.
It also hears from the determined, dedicated individuals who have devoted their lives to helping the survivors, finding out what motivates them to keep going in the face of an increasingly disinterested world and a new generation in Bhopal that just wants to put the incident behind them.
The programme will be telecast on CNN International on December 8 (6.30 p.m.), December 12 (11 p.m.), December 13 (5.30 p.m.) and December 14 (8.30 a.m.) on CNN World.