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Bathing Our Bodies in Soot: The Crippling Health of the Niger Delta by Elizabeth Zheng

05 November, 2022

In the summer heat, the burning of oil in crude refineries prompts black snow to fall from the sky. This refinement emits carbon particles that have bathed the Niger Delta in soot, leaving its 30 million residents trapped in crises of poverty, sickness, crime, and environmental collapse. Doors and windows remain closed, face masks are worn everywhere, and all are cautious of leaving their houses as the air quality deteriorates in Nigeria. Miles out and into the coast, oil leaks from old underground pipelines have made their way into the water, leaving many citizens to struggle without their traditional livelihoods of fishing and farming. This becomes immediately evident in images of fishermen wading through the bones of mangroves and trees, blackened by layers of oil; and in stories of young men, desperate to make money by kidnapping oil workers and holding them hostage for ransom.

Bathing Our Bodies in Soot: The Crippling Health of the Niger Delta by Elizabeth Zheng

05 November, 2022

In the summer heat, the burning of oil in crude refineries prompts black snow to fall from the sky. This refinement emits carbon particles that have bathed the Niger Delta in soot, leaving its 30 million residents trapped in crises of poverty, sickness, crime, and environmental collapse. Doors and windows remain closed, face masks are worn everywhere, and all are cautious of leaving their houses as the air quality deteriorates in Nigeria. Miles out and into the coast, oil leaks from old underground pipelines have made their way into the water, leaving many citizens to struggle without their traditional livelihoods of fishing and farming. This becomes immediately evident in images of fishermen wading through the bones of mangroves and trees, blackened by layers of oil; and in stories of young men, desperate to make money by kidnapping oil workers and holding them hostage for ransom.

Nigerian Court Orders Government To Return Seperatist Leader, Nnamdi Kanu To Kenya, Awards N500m Damages

27 October, 2022

The Federal High Court presided by Justice Evelyn Anyadike has ordered the Federal Government to “restore Nnamdi Kanu to his status quo before 19th June 2021”.

In Wednesday’s ruling on fundamental human rights and extraordinary rendition of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), she also ordered the government to pay N500m as damages to him.

MOSOP Insist on Saro-Wiwa's Exoneration to Resolve Ogoni Issue

25 October, 2022
Ahead of the 27th memorial of the barbbaric murder of nine Ogoni civil rights activists on November 10, 1995 including Ken Saro-Wiwa, John Kpuinen, Baribor Bera, Saturday Doobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levura, Felix Nuate and Barinem Kiobel, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called on the Nigerian government to accelerate the process of resolving the Ogoni crises by exonerating the nine and fully accepting the Ogoni proposals for the operation of the Ogoni Development Authority as recommended by the MOSOP Central Committee. MOSOP said the seriousness accorded the Ogoni demands will determine the response of the Ogoni people on oil resumption in the area noting that the lives of the Ogoni people were more important than oil.

Rishi Sunak set to become UK prime minister

25 October, 2022

Tuesday marks the first time that King Charles III will appoint a prime minister. His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, saw 15 leaders serve during her 70-year-reign; Charles is already welcoming his second in less than seven weeks.

Flooding in Nigeria Kill at Least 80

12 October, 2022

Seventy-six people have died as their boat capsized while they tried to flee dangerously high floodwaters that have inundated swathes of southern Nigeria.

NATO Set For Long-Planned Nuclear Exercises

12 October, 2022

Fourteen of the 30 NATO member countries will be involved in the drills, which were planned before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Russia-Ukraine live: G7 to impose price cap on Russian oil

02 September, 2022

The Group of Seven (G7) finance ministers have agreed to implement a price cap on Russian-origin crude oil and petroleum products, they confirmed in a joint statement.

One of world’s most polluted spots gets worse as $1bn cleanup drags on

02 September, 2022

In the more than a quarter century since Shell left Ogoniland in southern Nigeria, oil has continued to ooze from dormant wellheads and active pipelines, leaving the 386-square mile kingdom’s wetlands shimmering with a greasy rainbow sheen, its once-lush mangroves coated in crude, well-water smelling of benzene and farmlands charred and barren.

Biden announces student loan relief plan

25 August, 2022

President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced historic new steps to address student loan debt, which includes forgiving up to $20,000 for millions of borrowers and extending the payment freeze one final time until the end of the year.

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