Exactly 25 years ago, the city of Bhopal in central India woke up to a horrifying industrial gas disaster.
More than 3,500 men, women and children died because of deadly gases escaping from a pesticides plant. After the tragedy, victims were paid over 400 euros in case of illness and 6,600 euros if they lost a family member. Over the following years, at least 15, 000 have died from cancer and other illnesses related to the toxic leak. Victim Nassem Bano said: “Nothing has changed. We are still in the same position as we were in 1984. On the 2nd of December at 1.10am, the gas broke out, killing my mother and father and making me an orphan. I lost everything that day. The tragedy has caused so many difficulties. Even now, I suffer from damaged lungs and asthma.” Over a hundred thousand people are sick today. The disaster site has never been cleared of toxic waste and the toxins have now leached into the drinking water and more people are becoming chronically ill.