Bhopal, India:A Toxic Childhood

PhotographerGiles Clarke
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyGetty Images Reportage
City/CountryNew york, United States
Photo DateDecember 1 2015
Technical InfoSony A7 16mm ISO 1250 f4
Entry Description

BHOPAL, INDIA. Devank Sanu, aged 8, pictured here at home being tended by his mother Sunita. Devank suffers from severe genetic and growth disabilities having been born to parents contaminated by carcinogenic water in the Bhopal aquifer. December 3rd of 2015 marked the 31st anniversary of the 1984 Union Carbide gas tragedy that killed up to 10,000 of the citizens of Bhopal within 72 hours and has gone on to claim in total 25,000 lives to date. The original site of the toxic pesticide plant was never cleaned up and remains, as referred to by Greenpeace as one of the world's 'toxic hotsposts'.

About Photographer

Giles Clarke is a featured photographer with Getty Images Reportage. The 'Yemen 2017' series was photographed on assignment for UN-OCHA in early 2017. Giles is based in New York City where he lives with his wife and two children.