The Rape of Paradise.
Photographs by George Osodi.
Trolley, London, 2011. 248 pp., 200 color illustrations., 7½x10¼".
Soon after oil was discovered in the 1950s, a powerful
international oil industry developed. They are the world s 5th
largest exporter to the US,
However the people are poor that live in this oil-rich land,
and the environment that surrounds them is deadly - oil leaks
and explosions abound, whilst the water supply is heavily
In recent years, local guerillas in balaclavas and speed boats
and armed with enormous rounds of ammunition, have taken on
the oil companies. They demand the right to live in their own clean
and unpolluted land, that damage is restored to the delicate delta
environment and stake a 50% claim on all oil pumped out of the
These dramatic images document for the first time the extent
of the enviromental damage, revealing not only to the world, but
also to Nigeria itself, what exactly is happening to their country,
where everything is being taken from this land - and nothing is
being given back to the people.
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