Magazine article New Internationalist

Moving to Militancy

Magazine article New Internationalist

Moving to Militancy

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The Nigerian Government will this year receive as much as $66 billion in oil revenues from the Niger Delta region. Yet the people of this region remain impoverished. The results were explained to news agency IRIN in September by rebel leader, Tom Polo: 'We are suffering in the Niger Delta. If you drink our water, you'll get sick. They [the Government] are not doing anything for us. Every day they say oil prices have gone up, but we don't see any tangible benefits from it.'

Facing such continuing Government intransigence after their 15-year struggle, the Ijaw people of the Niger Delta are moving to militancy. During September the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) battled with Nigerian armed forces in the country's Ijaw region, blowing up oil installations and taking oil workers hostage. …

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