We are struck by some parallels between the Ogoni struggle, the insistent energy of the recent School Strikes and Extinction Rebellion’s actions over the past weeks.
Some twenty four years after Saro-Wiwa’s death, along with eight of his colleagues, who were illegally murdered by the Nigerian Government for their campaign against Shell, a Dutch court today heard from the widows of those hung.
Amnesty International is calling for an investigation into Shell’s complicity in “murder, rape and torture in Nigeria” in the nineties.
Rick Perry tells an African Oil Conference: “it’s in fossil fuels that you will see real growth”
The decades’ long struggle for social and environmental justice in the Niger Delta continues, largely unseen by the wider world.
Sometimes the long, lonely struggle for justice does not take years, but decades. And at long last, four Nigerian women’s search for justice against Shell may be coming to an end.
The new 1,400 km East African Crude Oil Pipeline and resulting oil boom in Uganda could bring significant problems to the region. We only have to look at Nigeria and its 60 year spiral of pollution, corruption and violence to know that often oil is a curse rather than a blessing.
Of course Shell knew about climate change too. As Ken Saro-Wiwa once noted, instead of acting responsibly, Shell chose to inflict “genocide” against the people of the Niger Delta, instead. It has continued that path ever since, by continuing to burn oil and gas. And the rising waters of the Niger Delta are part of that crime.
It is sixty years ago this year that the oil giant, Shell, first found oil at Oloibiri in Ijawland in the Niger Delta, after fourteen years of searching.
The news from earlier this week that Ken Wiwa, the son of the Nigerian activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, has died at the young age of forty seven, is a devastating shock to anyone who knew him.