africa faces dangerous toxic waste alert


hélé rings the bell

It seems another dangerous toxic waste is on the brink of being disposed along the coasts of West Africa.

Cameroon’s minister of environment and nature protection Pierre Hélé who broke the news, accused a Dutch ship NV Nashville of choosing the region to dump the dangerous waste.

The exact location of NV Nashville is yet to be known but the whistle blowing minister warned countries in the region to increase patrols on their waters as a way of tracking down any suspicious vessels.

Most Africans have got an axe to grind with western firms for using Africa as a “dumpsite” for dangerous waste products, making reference to the case of Trafigura whose dumping of dangerous toxic waste had resulted to so many deaths in Cote d’Ivoire.

Some weeks back a court in Amsterdam found Trafigura guilty of a similar crime.

It’s about time that African countries took drastic actions against those found guilty of such inhuman acts.


About musa

I am a Gambian journalist whose mission to use his pen to correct injustice and to tell truth to power was left to bite dust. My newspaper's contents and editorials became "too itchy" that I ended up in Banjul's mosquito-infested cells where I had to cope with three nights of horrendous tortures that left scars all over my body. I was forced to flee into exile with my family, leaving behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators. However, unlike most refugees, my two and half years in Senegal was well spent.

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