Written by Kor Chop Leek, a concerned South Sudanese student The author is a concerned South Sudanese who is currently getting his masters in humanitarian and conflict studies at the University of Juba. His key points: Thanks to the scientific investigations conducted by Sign of Hope, the German-based NGO, the world has known about the contamination of South Sudan’s water by wastes and leaks from oil production – and has known it is producing stillborn and deformed babies, among many other negative effects. The main perpetrator is Petronas, the Malaysian oil giant. Twelve years of official and media reports on this
Parliament of South Sudan presses oil companies to compensate pollution victims By Joseph Oduha South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly is pushing oil companies to provide compensation to the victims of their contamination of the country’s water. One of the leaders in the campaign for such compensation is James Lual, the head of the Assembly’s Petroleum and Mining Committee. Lual substantiates his call for the payment of such compensation by stating that the health and livelihoods of the people living in and around the Upper Nile’s oil fields are being severely and negatively affected by the pollution of the region’s water
for the Honoruable Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum and Mining, Republic of South Sudan Good evening, Honourable Minister. Since you have yet to respond to these questions and to my request for an interview in which I could pose them, I am taking the liberty of addressing you in this way. A week ago, Al Jazeera published a report and a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diRlfnHDZc8 detailing the devastating effects on the health of residents of the former Unity State by the pollution of water with oil wastes. It contained shocking footage of a little girl crippled by this pollution. Corroborative evidence
‘Life is miserable’: Even when there’s food in South Sudan, many can’t afford it Women carry bags of food home after an aerial food drop by the World Food Program in the town of Kandak, South Sudan, in May. (Sam Mednick/AP) By Carolyn Thompson November 18 NAIROBI — If a teacher in South Sudan wants to buy a chicken for dinner, he would have to save everything he earns for two full months — and it still wouldn’t be enough. Five years of intense civil warfare have decimated South Sudan’s economy and killed an estimated 380,000 people. A third of
Deutsche Welle’s online article on the oil contamination in South Sudan: Verseuchtes Trinkwasser im Südsudan: Keine Hilfe in Sicht Durch die Ölproduktion im Südsudan soll das Trinkwasser von mehr als einer halbe Million Menschen vergiftet worden sein. Mitte April versprach der malaysische Konzern Petronas Abhilfe. Was ist daraus geworden? Die Mail war unerwartet, der Inhalt auch. Mitte April meldete sich die Pressestelle von Petronas bei der DW. Kurz zuvor hatte die deutsche Hilfsorganisation Hoffnungszeichen schwere Vorwürfe gegen den Konzern aus Malaysia erhoben, die DW berichtete. Durch giftige Abfälle aus der Ölproduktion soll das Trinkwasser von mehr als 600.000 Menschen im Südsudan verunreinigt
Unfolding Environmental Health Catastrophe in Panrieng oil-producing areas NIE-Health·Sunday, 28 October 2018 When the environment is molested as it is happening in Panrieng area, animals too, not just the people, suffer health consequences that come with oil pollution. Here, a sick cow, apparently after having been consuming crude oil tainted water in Toor oilfield, is pictured. The locals have no choice but to take their cows to drink in the Produced Water (PW) ponds. Produced Water (PW) is a oily water that is found in the same formation as natural gas and crude oil. When the crude oil is pumped
Interrogation of Lundin Execs for Crimes Against Humanity and Environment in South Sudan Start of a new era of corporate accountability? By Terry Swartzberg | October 20, 2018 MUNICH, Germany (ViaNews) – “Lundin Petroleum’s chief executive and chairman are set to be charged with aggravated crimes against human rights over the Swedish oil company’s role in causing thousands of deaths in South Sudan,” states the report published in the October 18th edition of the Financial Times. These crimes were allegedly committed in the course of Lundin’s exploration for oil in what is now South Sudan. This exploration is said to have
Why the Oil Pollution in South Sudan isn’t Getting Enough Media Coverage, According to the Victims By Francis Michael JUBA, South Sudan (ViaNews) – Oil pollution now affects millions of people in South Sudan. Many villages have been completely destroyed by it. This has been going on for at least two decades. People in South Sudan have been waiting just as long for the world’s media to take notice of this, so as to help get some relief from the current suffering. A couple of explanations for this lack of interest are easily found in people’s comments: Poor visibility The suffering
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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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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
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