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Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it

We reached the edge of the oil spill near the Nigerian village of Otuegwe after a long hike through cassava plantations. Ahead of us lay swamp. We waded into the warm tropical water and began swimming, cameras and notebooks held above our heads. We could smell the oil long before we saw it – the stench of garage forecourts and rotting vegetation hanging thickly in the air.

The farther we travelled, the more nauseous it became. Soon we were swimming in pools of light Nigerian crude, the best-quality oil in the world. One of the many hundreds of 40-year-old pipelines that crisscross the Niger delta had corroded and spewed oil for several months.

Forest and farmland were now covered in a sheen of greasy oil. Drinking wells were polluted and people were distraught. No one knew how much oil had leaked. "We lost our nets, huts and fishing pots," said Chief Promise, village leader of Ot
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Added: Aug-3-2010 
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  • they need to solve their corruption problems before anyone will take them seriously

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  • oh hell i care more about africans than corporations do.
    and can honestly say i hope they dont breed.

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  • As Punch the Monkey said (can't seem to quote anyone), they need to sort out corruption before we step in and give them a shitload of money. Meanwhile, we can deal with our own bloody problems.

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  • This is Nigeria's chance to implement their disaster relieve plan. Our's isn't working very well. We're broke from bailing corporations, criminal immigrants, and countries like Nigeria.

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    • @Zardoz003 Wow, what a bleeding heart liberal! My sympathy ends at the state lines; tornado alley? go fuck yourselves..flooding in the delta, good luck with that, hillbilly! Hurricane on the east coast? HAHAHAHA.

      But yea, lets keep importing that sweet, sweet, Nigerian crude so I can do burnouts and drive fast! Fuck the world, bitch! AHAHAHAHA

      Jerk.

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    • @Zardoz003 I thought you might like that ;-)

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    • @Zardoz003 "Zardoz is pleased."

      Quotes from the movie. Here's another:

      "Zardoz: You have been raised up from Brutality, to kill the Brutals who multiply, and are legion. To this end, Zardoz your God gave you the gift of the Gun. The Gun is good!"

      cheers

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  • We've got a Gulf full of shit that needs to be dealt with before we run off trying to help some shit hole country.

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  • I bet Bush did it!

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  • Thanks for posting, information about the oil spillage in Nigeria is scarce to say the least. Shame on those who don't care.

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