On this day, the third of December, twenty-five years ago, at least 3800 people died as a result of a gas leak at a pesticide factory in Bhopal, India. Some believe that as many as 25000 people died in total during the years that followed. Even today, dangerous chemicals are still leaking into the air and water supply, affecting the health of thousands of people.
The factory was a subsidiary of the American chemical giant Union Carbide, now called Dow Chemical. It appeared that the plant was not prepared for such a disaster, and was understaffed.
Was this a classic example of rich western companies exploiting poorer, developing countries? I’ll let you decide.
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