Today, International Children’s Day, Crude Accountability and the Children or Oil Coalition are launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money in support of medical assistance to children from the village of Berezovka, who were harmed by toxic emissions from the Karachaganak oil and gas condensate field on November 28, 2014.
Every day since the accident, Alina, Lyuba, Yana, and Albina are at risk of suffering from another seizure, which involves loss of consciousness, spasms, and severe headaches and happens without warning. These children suffer from exposure to toxic emissions from the Karachaganak field, operated by the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV (KPO) consortium, which includes some of the world’s largest oil companies: American Chevron, Dutch Shell, Italian ENI, Russian Lukoil, and Kazakhstan’s KazMunaiGaz.
Crude Accountability and the Children or Oil? coalition launched the campaign “Children of Berezovka: It’s Time to Help!” to raise funds to send these children for medical treatment in Israel on the crowdfunding platform
Our goal is to raise $25,000.
“With these funds, we will send the children and their parents to Israel for a comprehensive medical examination. The children will receive a medical consultation and individual treatment plans from experienced doctors,” says Sergei Solyanik, Crude Accountability’s consultant and the co-coordinator of the Children or Oil? coalition.
These children are among the most adversely affected from the village and are at risk of becoming disabled without prompt examination and competent treatment from the effects of toxic poisoning. For over two years, state clinics in Kazakhstan have failed to provide a proper diagnosis or begin any course of treatment for these and other affected children from Berezovka.
Kazakh authorities and KPO refuse to take responsibility for the tragedy. In 2016, the parents of the affected children, supported by environmentalists from around the world, sought help from the consortium members, the government of Kazakhstan, and the leaders of the participating countries of KPO., Unfortunately, they did not receive an adequate response. As a result, they are now asking for help from ordinary people.
Step-by-step instructions in Russian on sending a donation are available here:
On November 28, 2014, 25 children and 4 adult residents of Berezovka fainted, convulsed, experienced dizziness, and suffered blood pressure surges and severe headaches. The evening before, an accident occurred at the Karachaganak oil and gas condensate field, which is located 5 kilometers from the village. By the end of 2015, the government of Kazakhstan began relocating the residents of Berezovka to the neighboring town of Aksai; the villagers had been fighting for their relocation for 14 years.
The Children or Oil? coalition requests that KPO and Kazakhstan authorities to take responsibility for the tragedy, acknowledge that the children of Berezovka were poisoned as a result of an industrial accident at the Karachaganak field, arrange for the examination and treatment of Berezovka’s children, and compensate them in accordance with international standards for any damage to their health.