The Lost Land

Do you remember Eric Dooh in our first post The Heir from Nigeria? He had inherited a fish farm, a bakery, a school and acres of farmland from his father. But in the end of last century the whole area was polluted by oil production and thousands and thousands of barrels of oil were spread out in the whole Niger Delta. Eric lost everything. When Shell did a so-called cleaning of Eric’s land, they handed him two boxes of Omo, washing detergent, telling he could spread it over his fish ponds. In this video Eric Dooh tells how has life has been completely changed.


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19 Responses to The Lost Land

  1. Reggie says:

    This is awful… How and why are Shell getting away with this?

  2. This is disgusting and sad, but all so typical these days. Makes me so mad. ~SueBee

  3. Patrizia M. says:

    Practically have also taken for a ride, after all the damage they did to him!!
    It ‘a shame all this.

  4. Angeline M says:

    I have a hard time clicking on the Like button, though I know that means the people that have like the post and the information. This is just such a travesty; this information needs to be spread for the world to see.

  5. Angeline M says:

    If everyone reading this who has a Twitter account could post there, it would be great to get the word out. I just did @AngelineM1

  6. Let our community speak. Arindam spoke about an injustice to an Indian diplomat and the news finally picked up on it today. You have put this on the radar. If only it too, will get attention. What accomplishments and then to get them dashed away!

  7. lauramacky says:

    Unreal. Well yes it’s real but it’s so sad. 😦 Just the other day I took a picture of a refinery smoke stack and was thinking of this blog and your story about this man and the village. Terrible. Just terrible. 😦

  8. So sad to see how drilling for oil damages the nature and livelihood of people.

  9. Thank you for bringing this to everyone’s attention with these videos.

  10. This is an outrage – I’ve tweeted too…

  11. janechese says:

    how stupid do the company folks think these people are? Wrong is wrong.

  12. Jackie says:

    Heartbreaking and maddening! I’m at a loss for words except to say Shell is despicable!!

  13. rangewriter says:

    Rape. That’s what this is.

  14. Surely you would think that the Nigerian government would be taking Shell to some international court over this, and having them forced to clean up properly, and to give compensation to those who’ve been so terribly affected? I wonder, then…

  15. It is hard to watch Eric standing in that mucky mess that use to be his livelihood. It is also hard to believe that Shell is not being held accountable and that they can get away with such devastation. It is heartbreaking.

  16. Sony Fugaban says:

    How appalling? Why would they give him detergents?!!!

    I so sympathize with Eric. I hope his fishponds can get back to life again soon if not now.

  17. Son of Sharecroppers says:

    Wow. This is painful. But who expects anything good out of companies like Shell? They exist only to make money. That is the beginning and end of their sense of ethics.

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