Nigeria: Investigate ‘shocking’ link between oil spills and baby deaths – Amnesty

The land surrounding Shell pipelines at the Bomu Manifold, K. Dere is visibly contaminated with oil, despite attempts by the company to clean it up, August 2015, © Amnesty International
The land surrounding Shell pipelines at the Bomu Manifold, K. Dere is visibly contaminated with oil, despite attempts by the company to clean it up, August 2015, © Amnesty International

Following the discovery by a study that babies in the Niger Delta were twice as likely to die in the first month of life if their mother lived near an oil spill before falling pregnant, Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International’s Director of Global Issues, has called on Nigeria’s government to “establish a system of independent monitoring to alert communities to any health risks posed by the oil industry and hold companies to account for any damage their activities may cause.”

“This shocking study raises very serious questions about why international oil companies have not done more to monitor the impact of their activities on the health of people living in the Niger Delta” he added.

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