The Bhopal survivors' fundraising event I described last week took place in Cambridge on Friday evening. The organizers report that about 185 people attended, and the event raised $2,900 for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.
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The Boston Coalition for Justice in Bhopal, a group supporting the campaign for justice for victims of the chemical disaster in India 25 years ago that claimed thousands of lives, is holding a commemorative event at MIT on Friday evening.
The fundraiser is called Bhopal-Natyam: A Dance Tribute to Human Resilience," and is being held in the Little Kresge Auditorium at MIT from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $15.
The world's worst chemical disaster occurred in December 1984 in Bhopal, India, at a Union Carbide Corp. plant. Tons of toxic methyl isocyanate gas poured from the plant when water entered a tank and caused a deadly reaction. The state government at the time reported that about 3,800 people were killed immediately and thousands more affected. Other estimates say tens of thousands died, and thousands more suffered long-term effects. The company paid a $470 million settlement in 1989, and maintains that the accident resulted from sabotage, but other experts dispute that assertion.
Residents of Bhopal have continued to press for more aid for victims, more environmental action at the site, and criminal action against those responsible.
To mark the 25th anniversary, the Boston Coalition for Justice in Bhopal is bringing six leading dance schools from the Boston area to display Indian classical dance-forms. The story of Bhopal will also be depicted in a dance form. Proceeds will go to the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.
The Boston campaign says 23,000 people have died as a result of the disaster, "and many continue to die or suffer from illnesses caused by exposure and water contamination due to the toxic waste left behind." It says, "Indian authorities have failed to bring Union Carbide to account. Moreover, despite the repeated promises to clean up the toxic wastes, they remain, poisoning the water, the land, and spreading its tentacles every passing day."
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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