In Nigeria, exiled because of oil

June 28, 2016
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

“The Untold Stories of Environmental Exiles of Ogoniland”, a new report published by Social Action, a Development and Peace partner in Nigeria, exposes the ongoing displacement and forced migration resulting from oil pollution in Ogoniland.

The report presents the untold stories of the members of the communities of Bue-Leh and Busuu in the Khana area of Rivers State, in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Over the last 10 years, all the people from these communities have had to abandon their homes because of oil spills, explosions, and fires from resulting from the activities of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

The clean-up of Ogoniland recommended by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has not yet started. Social Action is publishing this story to raise awareness about the worsening state of the Ogoni environment and the need for immediate action from the government and all responsible parties to begin the clean-up of the environment and the resettlement and compensation of members of the communities who have lost their homes.

Read the full report

 

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