A Shell Oil spill has destroyed the livelihoods of the community, with no solution in sight.
The delta in Nigeria is one of the most polluted regions in the world; it is estimated that more oil is spilled across this region each year than what was spilled in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Odimodi, and surrounding communities, are hosts to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Agip and other sub companies.
A Shell oil spill continues to impact the community’s daily life, over 2 years after the spill.
Fishing, periwinkle gathering and basket weaving are essential for the livelihoods of the villagers, but the waterways remain polluted and the local ecosystem has been destroyed. In order to survive, inhabitants must put themselves at risk by venturing deeper out to sea and further upstream.
The true amount of oil spilled, and oil damage to the communities and the environment, remains unknown. Odimudi, Nigeria
Youth president of Odimodi and its federated communities speaks of the polluted environment the community lives in and the complete lack of government action on the issue.
Akin Idisemi DC
The remaining fish swim up the drainage system in search of fresh rain water. Since fish are scarce, the villagers try to catch them there.
Odimodi villager and fisherwoman, demands that the people who polluted the water return it to its original state, so that people can fish again.
Odimodi villager and fisherwoman, Says that with no fish in the water, the community is dying.
Shell fixes its pipeline near the village.
Because of the oil spill, villagers need to travel further and further upstream to fish. Two people have lost their lives to snake bites, unable to return to the village fast enough for treatment.
Happiness Maxwell and Etolor Peter, Odimodi villagers.
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The team could not get close to the facilities, due to army combatants guarding the area.