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Graveyard Bullies

There’s no justice, Bhopal’s survivors wage a lonely battle

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A great catastrophe, followed by years of sickness, poverty and injustice can overwhelm and crush the human spirit, or it can enable ordinary people to discover that they are extraordinary. Such people find that they have the grit to survive, the defiance to face their persecutors and the courage to fight back. Out of shared struggle, even in the midst of poverty and sickness, comes strength, the joy of friendship, and the realisation that they are not weak, powerless or contemptible. They are in fact possessed of power, power to bring about political change, and to do real good in their community and in the world.

In Bhopal, some of the poorest, most helpless people on earth, sick, living on the edge of starvation, illiterate, without funds, powerful friends or political influence, have for the last quarter of a century struggled for their lives against the world’s biggest chemical corporation, its allies in the US, Indian and Madhya Pradesh governments, its Indian tycoon friends, plus an army of top-flight lawyers, hired lobbyists and PR agents.

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