Bhopal, the tragedy continues (2014)
In 1984, the city of Bhopal, in central India, experienced an industrial disaster of unprecedented proportions. The city’s residents, especially those in the poorer communities adjacent to the Union Carbide factory site, were awakened by the release of a highly toxic cloud of cyanide gas. The exact death toll will never be known, but it is widely considered that at least 20,000 people died that night and in the aftermath. Over 100,000 survivors and their children continue to be affected.
These images, made in Bhopal in 2010, depict the grounds and buildings of the Union Carbide plant, the neighboring community, and the two nearby clinics founded by local activists to help remediate the enduring health issues in the local population.
Shown first, in 2014, as a digital slideshow, it is presented in remembrance of the victims of that day thirty years ago, still considered the world’s deadliest industrial tragedy.