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7 Mai 2015

Joe Westby, Business & Human Rights Campaigner, Amnesty International

Nigeria: "The difference £55 million compensation from Shell makes" - Joe Westby, Amnesty Intl.

Ever since two massive oil spills destroyed people’s lives in Bodo, Nigeria, Amnesty activists worldwide have supported their fight for justice.  Six years on, we won: Shell paid the community £55 million compensation in January. We visited to find out what difference the money is making, and what needs to happen next...People are building new homes, or fixing up their old ones...Children are back in school, running around the sports field in their bright blue uniforms...Shell’s compensation money – £20 million paid to the whole community and £35 million divided between 15,600 residents, including children – is clearly bearing fruit...John...Barima Bakel...has bought a new engine and made his boat bigger, so he can travel beyond the pollution to catch fish...Pastor Christian Kpandei...happily shows me a brand new borehole created to provide drinking water and fill a new fish pond...[Still,] the people of Bodo want the pollution cleaned up...Chief Kobara worries that despite Shell’s repeated promises to clean up, “we still haven’t been given any dates...”. ...If all goes well, Shell’s cleanup in Bodo could be a model for the rest of Ogoniland...

[with timeline of spill & compensation]