Sunday, 5 September 2010

Bhopal - still not Fixed

One of my favourite items of new stock to arrive in the Small World shop is a satchel made from recycled tyres.  It's funky, functional and a fairly traded bargain at £35.

It is made at the Bhopal Rehabiliation Centre which was established in 1985 following the world's worst industrial accident, with the aim of assisting in the rehabilitation of victims.

Ever since reading Dominique Lapierre's Five Past Midnight in Bhopal, I have been touched by the plight of the people of Bhopal, may of whom are still suffering the long-term after-effects of the chemical leak.   I find it outrageous that the site still hasn't been cleared 25 years on and that no-one has been brought to justice.

Last night Nigel and I watched The Yes Men Fixed The World during which Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno with the help of a fake Dow website, secured a BBC interview.  During the live broadcast the 'Dow Spokesman' accepted responsibility for Bhopal and pledged financial contribution to the victims thus shaving $2billion of the Dow share price.

The Yes Men are often described as pranksters but I prefer to think of them as social justice extremists, using culture jamming tactics to make people take notice of the stuff big business don't want us to take notice of.

Please read Wikipedia's comprehensive account of the Bhopal disaster and remember that the struggle or justice continues.

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