Callous oil exploration

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

-- RESIDENTs of oil-rich Rivers State in Nigeria are protesting the environmental impact of years of oil exploration.

"Oil spills and blowouts have made our farmlands infertile, polluted our streams and fishing lagoons and damaged ecosystems beyond repair,'. complains Ken Saro-Wiwa of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, which recently brought together more than 100,000 people for a demonstration.

The 1,OOO-sq-km area inhabited by the Ogoni community contains one of the world's richer oilfields.

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