Tragedy in the Niger Delta
“If you want to go fishing, you have to paddle for
about four hours through several rivers before you can get to
where you can catch fish and the spill is lesser... some of
the fishes we catch, when you open the stomach, it smells
of crude oil.”
- Delta fisherman
Cecilia Teela used to collect periwinkles in Bodo (c) Anmnesty International
Fifty years of commercial oil extraction in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, has brought poverty, conflict, human rights abuses and despair to the Delta's people.
Oil spills, waste dumping and gas flaring are constantly occuring. The pollution that results has damaged land, earth, and air to such an extent that farming and fishing can no longer occur - and more people are being pushed into poverty.
The air they breathe and the water they drink are so tainted by oil it has devastating impacts on the health and well-being of the Delta's people.
Disregarding the misery they have caused, oil companies have generated some $600 billion since the 1960s, yet fail to adequately clean up pollution or take responsibility for their actions.
For more information on the Niger Delta crisis please read our latest report!
|The oil-spills that this region experiences every year are more than lost in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 during the much reported explosion that wrecked BP's Deepwater Horizon.|
- UN must not use flawed data on cause of Nigeria oil spills (News, 25 August 2010)
- Amnesty 's statement on Shell's response to the Niger Delta report (20 July 2009)
- Pollution in the Niger Delta: A human rights tragedy (News, 30 June 2009).
- Sting supports Amnesty International's Niger Delta Campaign on his current tour
- Shell Banner
- Photos of Bodo Community
- Nigeria: Clean up the Oil Pollution in the Niger Delta now! (Fact Sheet 2012)
- Fact Sheet: Oil pollution in the Nigeria Delta
- Niger Delta Display Sheet
- Video: News clip on Bodo spills
- Video: Bodo spills - Sunday Agava
- Video: Bodo spills - Cecilia Teela and Emmanuel Kuru