UN report urges Africa’s leaders to put environmental health policies first

Guardian: In 2006, a ship chartered by Dutch-based commodities trader Trafigura illegally unloaded 500 tonnes of toxic waste in the ports of Abidjan, the largest city in Ivory Coast. Local contractors then dumped the contents in town. More than 30,000 people are thought to have suffered illness as a result of the contamination. In the oil-rich deltas of nearby Nigeria, some village water wells are tainted with benzene, a carcinogen, at levels 900 times above World Health Organisation limits. The multifaceted......

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