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Bhopal gas tragedy - then and now

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Rampyari Bai, now 90, is one of Bhopal’s most persistent survivors. Rampyari developed cancer in the wake of the disaster and suffers from breathlessness, yet continues to fight for proper compensation. She says simply that protesting keeps her alive. “I will not leave this task of chasing governments,” she says. “Till my last breath, I will keep fighting.” Image courtesy Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
A mass cremation of victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy being held alongside the communal graves. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
Survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak protest outside the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s residence, demanding proper compensation, in September 2014. Abandoned to poor health care and paltry pay-outs, survivors have fought for three decades for the corporations behind the disaster to be brought to justice in one of the longest people's struggles in India. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
Colony behind the abandoned Union Carbide factory. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
This victim was identified as Leela who lived in the Chola colony near the Union Carbide factory. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
Bhopal, 1984. A man carries the body of his dead wife past the deserted Union Carbide factory, the source of the toxic gas that killed her the night before. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
In 2014, patients at Sambhavna Clinic, which runs free clinics for survivors of the gas leak. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
Satinath 'Sathyu' Sarangi and Rachna Dhingra, members of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action, at Sambhavna clinic, 2014. “Corporations cannot just come, kill and pollute, and leave without any kind of responsibility,” Rachna says. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
Locals graze goats within the former Union Carbide compound. When Union Carbide abandoned the factory, it left behind pollutants that has never been cleaned up. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
Survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak chain themselves in protest to the fence outside the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s residence, demanding proper compensation, in September 2014. Others stage a die-in, draped in sheets bearing the chilling image of a dead child - a photograph that has since become synonymous with the tragedy. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
A view of Bhopal in 2002. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
Dr. D. K. Satpathy, pathologist and former head of the Madhya Pradesh State Medico-Legal Institute, with foetuses of pregnant women who died immediately after the Bhopal gas leak. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
Safreen Khan, 20, stands next to the statue erected in memory of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak in J. P. Nagar, right across the road from the abandoned Union Carbide plant. Safreen's mother Nafisha was taken away with the dead the night of the disaster, but was brought back home by her father when someone noticed she was still breathing. Image courtesy: Amnesty International © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
 

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