The film “Karachaganak: Children in Exchange for Oil” describes the tragedy that took place the morning of November 28, 2014 in the Kazakhstani village of Berezovka, when dozens of children were poisoned during morning classes.
The poisoning was caused by emissions from the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field, which is one of the largest petroleum fields in the world and is located five kilometers from the village. The field is exploited by an international consortium, Karachaganak Petroleum Operating, B.V. (KPO), comprising BG Group from the United Kingdom, ENI from Italy, Chevron from the United States, Lukoil from Russia and KazMunaiGaz from Kazakhstan.
For thirteen years, the residents of Berezovka and Crude Accountability, along with other civil society organizations, have been demanding that the government of Kazakhstan and KPO relocate the village away from its dangerous proximity to the Karachaganak Field. In December 2015, the relocation of the residents of Berezovka began. However, the authorities and KPO still refuse to take responsibility for the November 2014 tragedy, refuse to examine the health of the children, refuse to offer them treatment, and refuse to compensate the children of Berezovka for the damage to their health.