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Jadugoda Black Magic on YouTube

November 29, 2010

Three years ago, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development conducted a series of community health surveys among workers and their families at the Jadugoda uranium mines in northeast India. They presented their findings — evidence of increased rates of leukemias, miscarriages, birth defects, and other illnesses — at an IPPNW conference in London in October 2007.

Since then, IDPD, the Indian affiliate of IPPNW, has continued to work with the communities affected by the mining and milling operations of UCIL — the Uranium Corporation of India Limited — and has lobbied the government on their behalf, demanding better health monitoring, health care, and protections for mine workers and their families.

The story of Jadugoda and the terrible legacy of uranium mining in India was told by film maker Sri Prakash in an award-winning full-length documentary, Buddha Weeps in Jadugoda (1999). IDPD has now updated the story of the Indian miners with a 10-minute YouTube video, chronicling the health concerns that emerged during the surveys.

The IDPD report, written by project leaders Shakeel ur Rahman and Satayajit Kumar Singh, is available here.

  1. March 12, 2011 9:40 am

    It is terrible to think on the conditions most people work under within the mining sector in many of the 3rd world countries.

    However after the incident in South America I would have thought many miners would have been given better and safer working conditions.

  2. January 27, 2011 2:26 am

    Many NGOs including Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, are opposing uranium mining from North Eastern state of Meghalaya, but Indian Govt. is not listening. The locals also opposed to the mining due to serious health hazards.
    I hope one day all concerned will realize the truth.

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