Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Bhopal survivors win fight for clean water
Court orders state to pipe fresh supplies to four more townshipsDemonstrators in front of Bhopal Memorial Hospital
- ucanews.com reporter, Bhopal
- November 8, 2012
â€śThe court ruling has come as a huge relief to the survivors,â€ť said Rachana Dhingra, who has been fighting for survivorsâ€™ rights since the tragedy occurred in 1984.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the state government to include four townships â€“ JP Nagar, Kainchi Chola, Shakti Nagar and Karim Baqshâ€“ in a special project to provide clean water to gas tragedy survivors.
Originally, the project was only intended to serve 14 townships, with these four communities left out.Â The government said the project, which involves piping in water from other areas, was not necessary for these townships because the water there was safe.
But tests revealed that the government was wrong and the water in and around the townships was not fit for drinking.Â This prompted residents to go to the Supreme Court to demand inclusion.
The overall project was first mooted by campaigners in 1990 when prevailing levels of contamination in the water first came to light.
The campaigners say that the local water sources are still severely contaminated, after around 40 tons of poisonous methyl isocyanate leaked out of the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal on December 3, 1984.
The leak killed 5,295 people immediately and more than 25,000 have died since then, in what was one of the worldâ€™s worst industrial disasters.
Victims of the tragedy and those living in areas near the plant are still suffering because of air, water and soil pollution, Rachana Dhingra told ucanews.com.
Asthma, physical deformities at birth, abortions and memory loss are quite common among these people, she said.
Bhopal survivors march for pension rises