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30 Jul 2018

Crude Accountability

77 NGOs from 30 countries support Berezovka parents

...[T]he Children or Oil? Coalition launched a letter writing campaign addressed to the companies responsible for poisoning children from the village of Berezovka, Kazakhstan on November 28, 2014. Parents of the affected children, environmentalists, and human rights activists from all over the world demand that Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV (KPO),  BG Group, Chevron, ENI, Lukoil and KazMunaiGaz provide funding for medical evaluation and treatment for the affected children...Most parents cannot afford to take their children to be examined and treated in hospitals abroad, where they can obtain a real diagnosis and quality treatment...On November 28, 2014, 25 children from the village simultaneously felt ill during school hours. They reported dizziness and suffered convulsions and loss of consciousness. Over the past year and a half, these children continued to suffer severely from these symptoms and other signs of toxic poisoning. The same symptoms were reported by other children as well. Even children who were resettled in the nearby town of Aksai continue to have similar health problems. According to prosecutors of the Western Kazakhstan Region, gas emissions exceeding the maximum permissible concentration of toxic substances were registered from the Karachaganak Field on November 17, 18, 25 and 27, 2014.