Niger Delta Women for Justice

*Blood & Oil

The discovery of oil in Nigeria's Niger Delta in 1956 triggered a chain of events that has led to the political and economic marginalisation of the inhabitants. Rivers, farmland and fishing creeks have also been subjected to devastation, due to the activities of the Western oil companies operating in the Niger Delta. Indeed, it has been argued that oil has been more of curse than a blessing to the people who have been at the receiving end of horrendous government repression and brutality, often resulting in fatalities. Despite 40 years of oil production and hundreds of billions of dollars of oil revenue, the local people remain in abject poverty without even the most basic amenities such as water and electricity. Blood and Oil  restores voice and agency to a segment of the Niger Delta crisis that has often been neglected or given short shrift by journalists, writers and researchers: Women. This monograph is also very important for yet another reason:. In its pages the authentic voices of these women spring to life. We hear them speak of their fears and sufferings and pains. We hear them speak of rape and defilement and death. They speak of loss of property and limbs and loved ones but are made extraordinary and heroic by their deeds and there determined refusal to be oppressed.

Sokari Ekine, a writer and environmentalist, is the Europe representative of Niger Delta Women for Justice (NDWJ), a Non Government Organisation based in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. NDWJ is committed to improving the personal, economic and educational status of women and to ensuring that their environmental and human rights are upheld.

Blood and Oil was originally published by the Centre for Democracy and Development but unfortuantely they are unable to print a second run.  Any enquires about the book should be sent direct to the author Tel:0772 015 8410 or email: sokari@ndwj.org.

 

*Where Vultures Feast

In contrast to the beneficial picture of the giant multinational corporation Royal Dutch Shell's activities painted by its public relations professionals, authors Ike Okonta and Oronto Douglas have found persuasive evidence that Shell and the Nigerian government share responsibility for making the Niger Delta one of the world's most endangered ecosystems. With the support of the Nigerian regime, Shell has instituted practices such as gas flaring (the ignition of gas in the atmosphere), the laying of dangerous high-pressure oil pipelines above ground, and the pollution of water sources, degrading the land and leaving many local people destitute. As compelling as it is important, 'Where Vultures Feast' is a story that demands to be heard.

Ike Okonta is a scholar currently working at Oxford University. Oronto Douglas is a former attorney for the late Ken Saro-Wiwa.

 

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