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Where Vultures Feast: Shell, Human Rights, and Oil in the Niger Delta

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On 22 February 1895, a naval force laid siege to Brass, the chief city of the Ijo people of Nembe in Nigeria's Niger Delta. After severe fighting, the city was razed. More than two thousand people perished in the attack.

A hundred years later, the world was shocked by the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa — writer, political activist, and leader of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People. Again the people of Nembe were locked in a grim life-and-death struggle to safeguard their livelihood from two forces: a series of corrupt and repressive Nigerian governments and the giant multinational Royal Dutch Shell.

Ike Okonta and Oronto Douglas present a devastating case against the world's largest oil company, demonstrating how (in contrast to Shell's public profile) irresponsible practices have degraded agricultural land and left a people destitute. The plunder of the Niger Delta has turned full circle as crude oil has taken the place of palm oil, but the dramatis personae remain the same: a powerful multinational company bent on extracting the last drop of blood from the richly endowed Niger Delta, and a courageous people determined to resist.

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"Okonta and Douglas provide a vivid and relentless account of human tragedy since oil was discovered in the Niger Delta in 1956." Card Hand, Associate Professor of Sociology, Valdosta State University

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"This passionate book should be read by all those interested in the links between oil and oppression." Human Rights Watch

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Journalist and fiction writer Okonto and human rights lawyer Douglas tell the story of the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company in the African country. They begin with the people and environment of the Niger Delta and their exploitation by Europeans beginning with slavery in the 16th century, then trace the slaughter of people, degradation of the environment, and enormous profits that accompany the company's activities. First published in 2001 by Sierra Club Books in conjunction with Crown Publishers.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A devastating case against the world’s largest oil company.

Synopsis:

On February 22. 1895, a naval force laid siege to Brass, the chief city of the Ijo people of Nembe in Nigeria's Niger Delta. After severe fighting, the city was razed. More than two thousand people perished in the attack.

A hundred years later, the world was shocked by the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa—writer, political activist, and leader of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People. Again the people of Nembe were locked in a grim life-and-death struggle to safeguard their livelihood from two forces: a series of corrupt and repressive Nigerian governments and the giant multinational Royal Dutch Shell.

Ike Okonta and Oronto Douglas present a devastating case against the world's largest oil company, demonstrating how (in contrast to Shell's public profile) irresponsible practices have degraded agricultural land and left a people destitute. The plunder of the Niger Delta has turned full circle as crude oil has taken the place of palm oil, but the dramatis personae remain the same: a powerful multinational company bent on extracting the last drop of blood from the richly endowed Niger Delta, and a courageous people determined to resist.

About the Author

Ike Okonta is a writer and journalist. His first collection of short stories, The Expert Hunter of Rats, won the Association of Nigerian Authors Prize in 1998.

Oronto Douglas is Nigeria's leading human rights lawyer and was a member of the legal team that represented Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995. Both authors are on the management committee of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859844731
Introduction:
Monbiot, George
Publisher:
Verso
Author:
Douglas, Oronto
Author:
Okonta, Ike
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Petroleum industry and trade
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Petroleum
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
G-2003-63
Publication Date:
20031017
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.2 x 1 in 1.005 lb

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Product details 272 pages Verso - English 9781859844731 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Okonta and Douglas provide a vivid and relentless account of human tragedy since oil was discovered in the Niger Delta in 1956."
"Review" by , "This passionate book should be read by all those interested in the links between oil and oppression."
"Synopsis" by , A devastating case against the world’s largest oil company.
"Synopsis" by , On February 22. 1895, a naval force laid siege to Brass, the chief city of the Ijo people of Nembe in Nigeria's Niger Delta. After severe fighting, the city was razed. More than two thousand people perished in the attack.

A hundred years later, the world was shocked by the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa—writer, political activist, and leader of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People. Again the people of Nembe were locked in a grim life-and-death struggle to safeguard their livelihood from two forces: a series of corrupt and repressive Nigerian governments and the giant multinational Royal Dutch Shell.

Ike Okonta and Oronto Douglas present a devastating case against the world's largest oil company, demonstrating how (in contrast to Shell's public profile) irresponsible practices have degraded agricultural land and left a people destitute. The plunder of the Niger Delta has turned full circle as crude oil has taken the place of palm oil, but the dramatis personae remain the same: a powerful multinational company bent on extracting the last drop of blood from the richly endowed Niger Delta, and a courageous people determined to resist.

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