Delta Nigeria.
The Rape of Paradise.

Photographs by George Osodi.
Trolley, London, 2011. 248 pp., 200 color illustrations., 7½x10¼".

Publisher's Description
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 contaminated.

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 creeks. 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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