Daily Archives: November 2, 2019

Salena Godden’s ‘Call to Action’ | XR Writers Rebel | Extinction Rebellion

Published on Nov 2, 2019
“And I’m calling on you all today, all of you who write, all of you who create world with your words, with your truth and your power. You can help to write a better today and a better tomorrow,” exclaimed Salena Godden in a passionate call to action .

Somalia floods leave hundreds of thousands displaced

Published on Nov 2, 2019
More than 180,000 people have fled their homes following massive floods in central Somalia. Rising waters forced the closure of the main hospital in the region. The rains in parts of Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya are expected to continue for another four to six weeks. Aid workers fear the floods could lead to an outbreak of cholera and malaria. The Somali government has set up an emergency committee to coordinate humanitarian response assistance with organizations in affected areas.

Ross Visits an Oil Well in Nigeria | Ross Kemp Extreme World

Ross Kemp Extreme World

Dec 24, 2015

Ross visits a broken oil well in Nigeria to explore how the industry has impacted the environment. Be sure to subscribe for more incredible clips and full episodes, click here: http://bit.ly/10d7UKK Ross Kemp Extreme World is the home of your favourite Ross Kemp series, including Ross Kemp On Pirates, Ross Kemp On Gangs, Ross Kemp In Afghanistan and Ross Kemp On The Frontline, as well as some of the most hard-hitting, jaw-dropping interviews and scenes.

Deadliest Journey – Nigeria: Slaves of the Black Gold

Best Documentary

Mar 13, 2018

Hidden deep in the mangrove swamps of the Niger Delta lie hundreds of illegal refineries, “cooking spots”. It’s the stronghold of hostage takers and armed groups. For some ten years these men have been spreading terror in the region. Few cameras have been able to penetrate the closed worlds of these oil thieves. For one month?with the assistance of one of their number?we managed to film the everyday existence of the traffickers. On the one side, Nigeria. An extremely unstable region with economic and political stakes on a global scale. It’s the biggest oil producer in Africa and one of the ten biggest producers in the world. 95% of its revenues derive from this “black gold” On the other side, Western countries, major consumers of fuel, for whom oil is indispensible. Between the two, the inhabitants of the Niger Delta, cast aside from this manna and the enormous profits generated by the “black gold”.

Driven by a sense of dispossession, they engage in increasing armed action to deviate a part of the oil production. Nicknamed “Bonny Light”, it’s one of the purest crude oils in the world. It is so pure, they say, that you could run an engine with it without any refining… exactly as it is extracted. However, the robbers of the Delta still have to refine it. They put the “crude” into drums that have been cut in half, heat it and sprinkle it with chemical products. It’s a dangerous operation. It can explode at any moment. So that their clothing doesn’t catch fire and turn them into human torches, the traffickers work naked, in a choking atmosphere, without the slightest protection. They have no other choice. To survive, they must take risks. Once refined, the fuel is put into buckets before being transferred into cans.

It is then refined by traditional methods and distributed on the parallel markets of neighbouring countries. This “black gold” road passes via Cameroon, Benin, Togo and Ghana. However, in the Delta, oil is above all a plague. The water is filthy. The earth, fields and forests are polluted. Here, oil is a curse. All the villagers live below the poverty line. In the village of Okrika there is no drinking water or electricity. So, in order to survive, most of the farmers have a strange occupation. They fish for sand. Such is the case of Daniel, 55, who in order to feed his family tirelessly scours the beds of rivers for sand.

It’s an unthinkable job, harsh and exhausting, for this new Nigerian slave. Every day, and sometimes at night too, and totally naked, he dives to depths of 5 metres to fill his buckets with sand. When his boat is full, he has to deliver it far away, at the mouth of the river. Once his boat has been unloaded, he must start his labours all over again. Once the oil has been stolen and refined, it has to be delivered. Neighbouring Benin is a major consumer. In the south of the country, along the border, oil trafficking is a real industry that supplies 70% of national consumption. Every day, 25 year-old Antoine risks his life to transport stolen oil on his motorbike. A real “bomb on wheels”, he carries more than 700 litres of oil on each trip, with the sole protection of the Voodoo gods!

Justin Welby: the oil executive who heard God calling – Telegraph

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2:45AM GMT 08 Nov 2012

An Eton-educated former oil company executive, the Rt Rev Justin Welby has been tipped for some time as a future head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.

The 56-year-old cleric is known for his courage and deeply-held faith, and his experience in business is viewed as bringing the Church of England greater credibility in public debate about ethics in the worlds of finance and the City.

Bishop Welby, who read law and history at Trinity College, Cambridge, began his career in the oil industry based in Paris and London, where he worked on West African – mainly Nigerian – and North Sea projects.

He became a group treasurer in a company called Enterprise Oil, before resigning in 1987 after 11 years in the industry to train for the Anglican priesthood.

”I was unable to get away from a sense of God calling,” he said in an interview.

He was made a deacon in 1992 after training for ordained ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham where he took a degree in theology, serving later as a curate in Nuneaton in the Coventry Diocese.

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Oil spills in Nigeria: The true price of crude oil | Guardian Investigations

The Guardian

Oct 8, 2013

The Niger delta, home to some of the biggest oilfields in the world, is heavily polluted from five decades of living with the oil industry.

In June, an explosion at one of Nigeria’s major pipelines spilled 6,000 barrels of crude into the creeks and swamps around Bodo village, killing several people. In this special investigation, John Vidal visits the region to find out why oil and the delta’s residents do not mix. They speak to traders and visit the communities most affected, and ask what can be done to develop the area to the benefit of the people living there.

‘Reading’ ETHICS – The Guardian’s report on Shell’s oil spill & exploitation in the Niger Delta

Dr. Kuku

Dec 21, 2018

Reading the Guardian article: Toxic mud swamps fortunes of Niger Delta women years after oil spill. Section: Women’s rights and gender equality https://www.theguardian.com/global-de…