“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.
Photo: Four-wheel drive is no match for the mud on the road to a gold mine in northern Nigeria. David Gilkey/NPR
NPR featured our project treating lead poisoning in northern Nigeria, a crisis caused by unsafe mining and ore processing. Watch the video and slideshow here.
A Yoruba woman worship to appease the goddess of the Osun river and other spirits in Osogbo, Nigeria, Friday Aug. 24, 2012. Many of the worshipers observing the centuries-old ethnic Yoruba celebration in southwestern Nigeria are Christians and Muslims, but they say one cannot pray to enough gods in a country overwhelmed by grinding poverty, rampant ethnic violence and the ravages of AIDS and malaria.
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