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A Legacy of Suffering




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[ “We have no choice but to use the groundwater,” says Famidia as she gives her son, Faizan, 13, a bath. “We didn't know when we moved that it was contaminated.” ]

In December 2009, the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi, India, released a report acknowledging what those living in the shadow of the old Union Carbide pesticide factory already know: their water and soil are highly contaminated. Extreme levels of pesticides and hard metals such as mercury and lead are being recorded in aquifers as far away as three kilometers from the plant, leading to the chronic poisoning of thousands of residents living in the bustling neighborhoods around the factory.