Polluted by the Oil Industry: Living in Ogoniland, Nigeria

Issued on: 02/07/2021 – 11:23 am

The Ogoniland area in southern Nigeria is one of the most polluted places on earth. The crops are burned to ashes, ashes and tar suffocate the land, and the wells are polluted with oil, making the water completely inedible. Entire communities have suffered as their way of life has been destroyed by the oil industry. Our reporters will take you to Ogoniland in the Niger Delta, where pollution has become the norm.

The problem is not new: oil was first discovered in Ogoniland in 1957. The UN says it will take 30 years to clean up the mess. Amnesty International accuses British-Dutch oil giant Shell of turning a blind eye to, or even helping, rape, torture and unlawful killings by the military during the anti-pollution and poverty protests in the 1990s. Many of the issues are now the subject of a number of past and ongoing legal proceedings, both in Nigeria and abroad. In one of the most recent cases, the UK Supreme Court ruled that oil-contaminated communities can indeed sue Shell in UK courts.

Some cleanup work in the area is in progress. Shell, for its part, often does not deny the enormous amount of pollution, but says that many of the leaks are due to sabotage and that it cannot be held responsible for its Nigerian subsidiary. It also says the subsidiary is working hard to clean up and make sure there are no new leaks. But, is this really the truth? Moïse Gomis and Emmanuelle Sodji from FRANCE 24 report from Ogoniland.

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