Rama, age 45
Gariya, Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Rama, age 45 suffers from severe joint deformities and has is now blind in one eye. The health problems in the village started 20 years ago. Before that everyone was fine. It has just been getting worse for the last 10 years. Everyone reports having chest pain, chronic stomach pains, a lot of back pain, joint pains, pains in their knees. The Singrauli district in the northeastern part of Madhya Pradesh and Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh was a forested region populated by farmers and laborers. A 2012 report by the Center for Science and Environment based in New Delhi sampled water, soil, cereals in the areas and villages around the reservoir. Most of the drinking water was found not suitable for drinking. The results of the water, soil and fish sample testing indicate pollution due to mercury, arsenic, and fluoride.