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unpo.org: Ogoni: Nonviolent Protest March Against Shell

2008-02-12

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) staged a non-violent protest march against Shell’s activities and the environmental destruction of Ogoniland after yet another oil spill in the region.

Below is an article published by UNPO:

As the world continues to hunger for oil, so the oil giants conveniently maintain a strangle hold on the Niger Delta in indifference to the cries of the people. The grassroots have become the victims, reduced to brutalized and impoverished communities, ghosts of what they ought to be. Oil spills and blowouts have become a matter of routine and toxic gases continue to be released through gas flares due to Shell’s continuing reckless environmental practices, including burning of forests and community farmlands as a measure to contain oil spills and colluding with government officials to defraud the country and its peoples.

On 25 January 2008 the chairman of the government’s National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, Bamidele Ajakaiye, told Nigeria’s Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology that there are 1,150 abandoned oil spill sites in the Niger Delta region. The oil spill in Ogoni is causing severe damage both to the environment and the peoples living in the Niger Delta. The atmosphere is polluted, the lands of the Ogoni people degraded and their drinking water and streams contaminated. The Ogoni are forced to use rain water but cannot drink it since even the rain is full of crude oil. Furthermore, flora and fauna in the region have virtually disappeared.

Shell’s continuous abuses in Ogoni show the urgency of legally binding and internationally enforceable laws to protect peoples of the world from the abuses of transnational corporations such as Shell.

http://www.unpo.org/article.php?id=7578

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