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by Ed Kashi
from “Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta” Book

The waters of the delta, Africa’s second largest watershed, are widely spoiled due to the oil industry and related industrial activities. This has reduced the fisheries from a net exporting business to a barely subsistence activity for the locals. The Niger Deltans must now eat frozen fish from outside the delta, which would have been unheard of in previous generations. Farming has also been reduced dramatically from pre-oil years, and it is also now a subsistence industry. This has disrupted the lineage of fisherman and farmers, and young men who could once proudly follow in their ancestor’s footsteps for work are today left with no jobs, searching in vain for other ways to make a living. Where they once thrived off the lands and waters of the Delta, they must now look for others ways to survive”.

Ed Kashi

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