Rencontres de Bamako 2011 - A Vanishing Wetland (2009) by © Akintunde Akinyele
Niger Delta, Nigeria (seen via La Lettre De La Photographie)
“Nigeria has huge resources, but two of these stand out: a population of 140 million people and a vast crude oil deposit, located in the deep waters of the Delta, one of the world’s vast wetlands. In 1956, the Shell Petroleum Development Company explored and discovered crude oil in large quantities at the remote village of Oloibiri. Half a century later, oil revenues represent more than $400 billion, wasted on political frivolities while a huge number of the population endures extreme poverty and the Delta’s wetland remains one of the most polluted ecological systems in the world.”
Photos submitted for Bamako 2011 (more info here)
Watching Sweet Crude thanks to “Cinema Politica” in Sunday.
In a W. Eugene Smith photo that, somehow, captures both tenderness and horror, a U.S. Marine cradles a near-dead infant that the Marine found wedged, face down, literally under a rock while clearing out Japanese soldiers hiding in caves on Saipan, in the Mariana Islands. Hundreds of Japanese civilians in the islands committed suicide rather than surrender to the Americans.
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