New authoritative study finds: “unprecedented oil pollution in South Sudan’s Sudd wetlands”
The Sudd is Africa’s largest wetland. Located in South Sudan, this marsh covers 90,000 square kilometers at the end of the rainy season. It is fed by and feeds into the White Nile. Its waters are thus used by 150 million people.
The Sudd itself is home to 70 species of fish, and 400 of birds. It is one of the great points of shelter from transcontinental avian migrations.
Contamination from oil production and transportation is widespread in the Sudd, finds a new study, which goes on to delineate this pollution’s causes – oil pollution discharged from leaks, spills and cleansing operations – and its effects – “mass die-offs of flora and fauna”.