Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

In the early 1990s, Ken Saro-Wiwa led the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) trying to get recognition of the destruction of the environment in "Ogoniland," a terribly polluted region of southeast Nigeria. His execution/murder in 1995 focused attention on the corrupt and authoritarian government of military ruler Sani Abacha. The movement and the struggle Saro-Wiwa started continue. This report comes from Al Jazeera. The video is about 3 minutes long.

Nigeria's Ogoniland: Desperate for clean water
In the Ogoni region, 90 percent of the underground water is not fit for human use because of oil pollution.

A big clean-up is under way in Ogoniland, but local communities say they have already become victims of water contamination.

Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from Bodo, Nigeria.

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