South Sudan pledges to put an end to oil pollution

By Joseph Oduha The government of South Sudan has promised to make environmental pollution a thing of the past in the country’s oil-producing Upper Nile region. The promise was issued by Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth, South Sudan’s minister of petroleum and mining. He stated that the South Sudanese government has directed the companies exploring for and producing oil in the region to be “mindful of environmental pollution”. The minister made the statement during the ceremony accompanying the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between his ministry and Petronas, the Malaysian oil giant. The ceremony was held in Juba. The MOU permits

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Radio Tamazuj’s major report on oil contamination

South Sudan’s leading radio station reports that Ruweng authorities are concerned about oil pollution, as oil production resumes Authorities in Ruweng State have expressed concerns about the environmental consequences of oil spillage, in the aftermath of the resumption of oil production in Toma South oil fields last month. Abdallah Kiir, Ruweng State advisor for Muslim affairs told Radio Tamazuj that oil spills have adverse health effects on the citizens, while urging the oil companies and national government to put in place precautionary measures to minimise the effects. He pointed out that some of the effects include the delivery of deformed

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History of environmental horror in South Sudan

Environmental and Public Health Catastrophe in the South Sudan Oilfields: Oil, Wealth, and Health By Bior K. Bior “If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do it.”~ Dr. Peter Singer Introduction DR. BIOR KUER BIOR Like the history of the country itself, the history of oil exploration in South Sudan is littered with contradictions. The first international oil giant to venture into the Sudan in search of oil was an American oil company called Chevron in 1974, just barely two years after the

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Amazing New York Times video

Born Too Soon in a Country at War. Their Only Hope? This South Sudan Clinic. Video and article by Kassie Bracken and Megan Specia https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/28/multimedia/south-sudan-babies.html  

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“Our lives are at stake!” تقرير تلوث المياه

“Our lives are at stake!” “Deadly black tide of oil contamination”: protests erupt throughout South Sudan By Francis Michael Gwang, We Are Witness August 24, 2018 “Spills from the oil wells owned by Petronas are endangering the lives of more than 50,000 residents of Tarjas,” states Lam Tongar, the minister of information for Northern Liech state. Tarjas is an oil-producing region in the state, which is located in South Sudan. This threat to their lives stems from the oil’s having made its way into the residents’ main sources of water. Petronas is owned by the Malaysian government, and is one

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“Our lives are at stake!”

“Deadly black tide of oil contamination”: protests erupt throughout South Sudan By Francis Michael Gwang  “Spills from the oil wells owned by Petronas are endangering the lives of more than 50,000 residents of Tarjas,” states Lam Tongar, the minister of information for Northern Liech state. Tarjas is an oil-producing region in the state, which is located in South Sudan. This threat to their lives stems from the oil’s having made its way into the residents’ main sources of water. Petronas is owned by the Malaysian government, and is one of the three largest multinationals – along with China National Petroleum

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On World Humanitarian Day 2018

Multinationals have to assume responsibility for crises they are perpetrating upon humanity Call by German NGO Sign of Hope Case in point: Petronas’ contamination of water, lives and environment in South Sudan August 19th is World Humanitarian Day. On it, the world pays tribute to the persons and organizations who and which strive to solve the crises affecting humanity. Many of these crises are caused by such multinationals as Petronas. This Malaysian oil giant has helped create one of the world’s most devastating environmental and human rights crises: the contamination of water and land in South Sudan. At least 600,000

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Interview mit Klaus Stieglitz

Ölindustrie verschmutzt Umwelt im Südsudan Schmutzige Geschäfte Der Südsudan ist eines der ärmsten Länder der Erde – und besitzt doch etwas, um das ihn andere Nationen beneiden: Erdöl. Von den Gewinnen aus der Förderung kommt kaum etwas bei der Bevölkerung an. Seit Jahren verschmutzt die Ölindustrie im Norden des afrikanischen Landes das Trinkwasser für rund 600.000 Menschen. Im Interview spricht Klaus Stieglitz von der Hilfsorganisation Hoffnungszeichen über schmutzige Geschäfte von Weltkonzernen in einem von Krieg und Korruption zerrissenen Staat. Vollständiger Artikel

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Report on South Sudan’s environmental catastrophe

German news agency publishes a major report on South Sudan’s environmental catastrophe DasThema: Ölgeschäfte im Südsudan Schmutziges Öl aus dem Südsudan Was die Formel 1 und Afrikas jüngsten Staat verbindet Von Joachim Heinz (KNA) Bonn (KNA) Rund 20 Millionen Euro müssen die Veranstalter des “Großen Preises von Deutschland” abdrücken, um die Formel 1 nach Hockenheim zu holen. Viel Geld für die Rennstreckenbetreiber, die sich immer schwerer damit tun, das Risiko der sportlichen Großveranstaltung mit mehreren Zehntausend Zuschauern allein zu stemmen. Am Wochenende, so spekulieren Medien daher, könnten die Boliden von Mercedes, Ferrari und Co zum letzten Mal für lange Zeit

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Oil pollution in South Sudan – summons from parliament

For failure to report on oil pollution’s devastation of the country: South Sudan’s parliament issues summons to country’s minister of petroleum and mining By JOSEPH ODUHA July 31, 2018 The Petroleum Committee of South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly has issued a summons to Ezekiel Gatkuoth Lol, the country’s minister of petroleum and mining. The summons orders Lol to appear before the committee, and to detail “the damages inflicted by oil pollution. It is this pollution that has caused more than 500,000 residents of oil-producing areas in the Upper Nile region to flee,” states James Lual, the MP heading the Committee.

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