Alternative World Water Forum

The Niger Delta is under water. The Nigerian President estimates that 25% of the country’s population has been displaced by the recent floods. That is 40 million people. To give some way to comprehend these figures, that is 1,000 times the number of people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

A lawmaker representing one of the affected communities told the government: “My people have no food, no water to drink, no shelter and no amenities whatsoever.

How did this happen? The Nigerian government is calling it an “act of God.” Leading environmental activist and Global Greengrants Fund Advisor Nnimmo Bassey disagrees. “This is a man-made disaster,” Bassey says, and it is borne of gross mismanagement of Nigeria’s dams. Bassey is calling for an end to dam production in his country. You can read more about that here.

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