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Posted by Derren Brown November 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm

An awareness project as we approach the anniversary of a terrible disaster which has killed more people than Chernobyl. It seems that the company at fault managed to dodge liability. Please have a read and support if you can. This message from the appeal:

Wednesday 3 December is the 25th Anniversary of The Union Carbide Bhopal Gas leak disaster which has, to date, killed 25,000 in Bhopal, India.  Today the site remains contaminated, and the people of Bhopal are still dying, poisoned by a contaminated water supply:
The story is growing worldwide, with protests next week planned  in 25 countries.
We, The Bhopal Medical Appeal, are a UK charity that offers free health care and hope to the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak disaster and those suffering from the present day water poisoning.
You could help support our work:
If you use Twitter
Follow us on Twitter and you could either tweet about us or re tweet anything of ours you like!
We will be running a re-tweet campaign on the day of the anniversary to try and get as many people re-tweeting as possible, so be great if you and your friends could use the #bhopal25 tag.

Add a Bhopal/Amnesty 25 Twibbon to your twitter profile

Join us on Facebook

Link to any of the above or the Bhopal Medical Appeal website if you mention Bhopal in your blogs etc at

November 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm
nettmac says:

Didn’t know about this… thanks for posting it Derren. Have followed on twitter and will put a link up on facebook as well x

November 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm
jojoes6969 says:

Thank you Derren for highlighting this appeal. Lets hope that Twitter Power will prevail and help those who are suffering .

November 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm
MrDavidChapman says:

Last i heard, the figure had surpassed 25,000 a very long time ago.
However, this was a despicable act where dozens of simple safety procedures were either ignored, deactivated or in disrepair. In some cases, a single one could of averted that terrible night and saved thousands of innocent lives.

Kudos for bringing this, sadly forgotten by many, disaster to the peoples attention once more.

November 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm
Tash says:

nice to see derren about again. 🙂 really tragic news, great that there’s a support group going.

November 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm
Nopke says:

I’ll forward it via email tomorrow, it’s not usefull to tweet it to people who all already have it, just a few I’ll tweet.
Never heard of this. Two guys at work probablyl know more about it although they are still a bit too young back then.

One of them this morning send me a link of a TED conference held in India earlier on .. about 6th sense technology … we’ve head something about that stuff here already sent by Coops once if I recall correct.

November 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Ms G says:

Happens quite a lot unfortunately, this type of terrible stuff. Lots of movies on the topic as well. Lots of people living in areas where the risk of those things are there on a daily bases. I wonder whether we would be told all details if something happens around here .. I think they normally will wait till the stuff comes out, downplay it for a while .. hoping for the best. They not always know either, about the long term effects ..
What if small doses on a daily bases … Stuff that now is considered to be not a health risk might be looked upon way different in the future (asbestos).

It is weird that this gas disaster was not more widely spread. Who knows whether Chernobyl did not cause more things than in the area they know about.

Lots of poisenous situations without those being seen upon as poisenous.

November 30, 2009 at 7:36 pm

There are so many things going on in this world of ours that most of us aren’t aware of. For me, this being one of them. I will do everything I can to help raise awareness of this awful tragedy.

LC x

November 30, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Facebook group isn’t working

November 30, 2009 at 7:47 pm
Emma says:

Good evening,
I didn’t know about it… That’s sad.
The link Facebook doesn’t work. Could you update it please?
I will put the link on my page.

Msg from Abeo: Facebook link updated 🙂

November 30, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Thank you ever so much Derren for bringing this to all our attention. X

I’m tweeting this and twibbon too. Will also add to my facebook page also.

Hope you are well and thanks once again.


November 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm
Emma Tart says:

For some Americans who don’t know much about Chernobyl, it might make more of an impression to mention that the Bhopal disaster killed more people than the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the first 48 hours, and ten times that number since then.

December 1, 2009 at 12:27 am

If anybody would like to show support for the people of Bhopal, there will be a group of people meeting in Traflagar Square, Central London, on Wednesday afternoon (2nd December).

The meeting time is 2.45pm and at 3pm a choir will sing. As the singing builds some of the people will take part in a ‘die-in’. They will lie down and cover themselves with a white sheet, representing a funeral shroud. The idea is to show the people watching the spectacle what it is like to have bodies all over the your own city.

Please come and join in…

Now, just to thank Derren for showing interest in this terrible story.

December 1, 2009 at 5:13 am
crae says:

Interesting. I found out about this a few years ago when I was looking at the some of the abusive behavior of Enron corp. in India. Awesome to see it’s getting the cleansing light of sanity shined upon it. Considering how effective the campaign to dish out justice to that abusive railway conductor was a few months ago, I’m going to watch this one closely. I was beginning to wonder when and what the next twitter based protest you promoted would be…

December 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm
Richard says:

Wednesday the 3rd??????

December 1, 2009 at 11:45 pm
Andy M says:

Interesting letter in the guardian yesterday, comparing the extradition of the guy with aspergers to the US with the fact that the US refuses to extradite the manager of union carbide to India

December 3, 2009 at 9:07 am
Kevin Foy says:

I’m always surprised at how many people have still never heard of this terrible disaster. Not only as it was such a major catastrophe at the time, but that the suffering is still on going.

These photos by Magnum photographer Raghu Rai from 1984 were very moving.


And plenty more easily found on the web from 2009, 25 years later. Hope that’s okay to post these links here.

December 3, 2009 at 9:21 am
Rebecca says:

The Yes Men pulled a brilliant stunt to raise awareness about this a few years ago:

December 9, 2009 at 12:37 am
Margaret Mila says:

Nobody would deny the horror and devastation which occurred in Bhopal. And there’s no denying that Union Carbide failed to successfully enforce some safety standards. But the real culprit here was the incredibly corrupt system in India, for one example, the local council – whose job it was to ensure there were no residential dwellings within a certain distance of the plant – not only failed to do this, but failed repeatedly, their officers demanding bribes from the people who were buidling and living in these slums. These residents worked at the plant, and wanted to lived nearby. Union Carbide closed the plant on a number of occasions when housing began encroaching into the no-go zone, but the council kept letting the residents return and rebuild. It’s not just the big companies who are to blame, it’s corrupt systems too.

December 13, 2009 at 4:40 am
Janelle says:

Heya, just wanted to say I think you should put on a show in New Zealand sometime, it’s quite nice here. Peace