Niger: Almoustapha Alhacen is 2017 Laureate of Nuclear-Free Future for fighting against human rights abuses & negative health impacts of uranium mining

Author: Nuclear-Free Future, Published on: 20 September 2017

Almoustapha Alhacen, a Tuareg, worked until recently at the French-owned Areva uranium mine in Arlit, Niger. When he saw how his sick and dying co-workers were ignored by the company, and how the environment was affected, he founded the NGO, Aghirin’man, (“Protection of the Soul,” in the language of the Tuareg). Alhacen has courageously spoken out, both in Niger and on international stages, against human rights abuses and the negative health impacts caused by uranium mining, and continues to do so even after losing his job and livelihood in 2015.

Other laureates include: Janine Allis-Smith and Martin Forwood, Great Britain (for education); Hiromichi Umebayashi, Japan (solutions); Jochen Stay, Germany (special recognition)

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Related companies: Orano (formerly Areva)