Film tip 'Poison Fire'

The Niger Delta has one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet and is home to 20 million people and 40 different ethnic groups. But it is also the subject to catastrophic pollution by oil spills, which threaten wildlife and inhabitants.

The damage in the delta is caused by more than 50 years of oil exploitation by Shell and other oil companies. An UN report states that there have been a total of more than 6000 oil spills between 1976 and 2001, accounting for a loss of no less than three million barrels of oil.

This film was made in co-operation with affected residents who explain the devastating social, health and environmental impact. This documentary fills a gap of a very under-reported but hugely important subject.

Watch the full film here...



Read more about the subject in an article in The Guardian from August 2011: Niger delta oil spills clean-up will take 30 years, says UN

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