Alexis Okeowo writes about how religious and ethnic violence in the Middle Belt has spawned an informal arms industry: http://nyr.kr/18Q14aV
Photographer Ruth McDowall has been documenting the rise of the arms industry and the daily conflict in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. A look at her photos: http://nyr.kr/18Q0TfW
Above: Ohazuma Chima Anthony, thirty-two, recovers at Gwagwalada hospital after the 2011 Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, in Abuja, Nigeria. Photograph by Ruth McDowall.
Swirling costumes — People in costumes parade in the street during the annual Badagry festival in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, Aug . 20, 2012. This year festival is in honor of Marcus Garvey, a proponent of “Back to Africa” movement in the United States. which organizers say its aimed at bridging the gap between Africans in diaspora and Africa officials said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
“More than 400 children in Zamfara State have died from lead poisoning according to official estimates. Unless the promised funds are released immediately, cleanup of the contaminated areas won’t be able to start until after next year’s rainy season, leaving thousands more children at risk of death and permanent disability.”
Photo: Children work at the gold processing site in Bagega. Nigeria 2012 © Olga Overbeek
Three years after the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) responded to an unprecedented outbreak of lead poisoning in Nigeria’s Zamfara state, MSF is finally able to treat children in the badly affected village of Bagega now that a long-delayed program to remediate lead contamination is underway.
Samuel James, Water of My Land: The Niger Delta’s Illicit Fuel Trade
Fires from hundreds of illicit fuel refineries burn every night throughout the Niger Delta. Concealed deep within mangrove swamps and raffia forests, men, women and children work by flashlight, manually tossing stolen crude oil into burning pits to keep the refining process going. Flames explode momentarily then recede into darkness.
Photographer Samuel James will be showing this body of work at the Half King. There will be an opening on Tuesday the 19th of February at 7:30PM. Sam will be joined by Stacey D. Clarkson of Harper’s Magazine to discuss the work.