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Cleaning up the Niger Delta

Workers remove dead mangroves during the cleanup at the Bodo site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Nearly a decade after two catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta, a comprehensive cleanup has finally been launched in the southern Nigerian region. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Workers remove dead mangroves during the cleanup at the Bodo site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Nearly a decade after two catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta, a comprehensive cleanup has finally been launched in the southern Nigerian region....more

Workers remove dead mangroves during the cleanup at the Bodo site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Nearly a decade after two catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta, a comprehensive cleanup has finally been launched in the southern Nigerian region. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A crab walks on the clean shoreline of Bodo creeks in Rivers State, Nigeria. Oil companies and activists hope it will be a blueprint for wider rehabilitation but other badly polluted communities are unhappy not to be included. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A crab walks on the clean shoreline of Bodo creeks in Rivers State, Nigeria. Oil companies and activists hope it will be a blueprint for wider rehabilitation but other badly polluted communities are unhappy not to be included. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A crab walks on the clean shoreline of Bodo creeks in Rivers State, Nigeria. Oil companies and activists hope it will be a blueprint for wider rehabilitation but other badly polluted communities are unhappy not to be included. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Workers fill a plastic container with recovered crude oil, after the flushing of the contaminated shoreline at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. The workers from Bodo in Rivers State are beginning a three-year project that claims to mark a new approach to cleaning up the delta, the vast polluted swampland that pumps the oil vital to Africa�s largest economy. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Workers fill a plastic container with recovered crude oil, after the flushing of the contaminated shoreline at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. The workers from Bodo in Rivers State are beginning a three-year project that claims to...more

Workers fill a plastic container with recovered crude oil, after the flushing of the contaminated shoreline at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. The workers from Bodo in Rivers State are beginning a three-year project that claims to mark a new approach to cleaning up the delta, the vast polluted swampland that pumps the oil vital to Africa�s largest economy. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A worker sits on dead mangrove trunks at the Bodo clean-up site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Four hundred workers will clear dead foliage and spilled oil before planting new mangroves. The site where they are working is small but organizers hope the anti-pollution drive can be repeated elsewhere in the delta. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A worker sits on dead mangrove trunks at the Bodo clean-up site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Four hundred workers will clear dead foliage and spilled oil before planting new mangroves. The site where they are working is small but organizers hope the...more

A worker sits on dead mangrove trunks at the Bodo clean-up site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Four hundred workers will clear dead foliage and spilled oil before planting new mangroves. The site where they are working is small but organizers hope the anti-pollution drive can be repeated elsewhere in the delta. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A man stands in a boat loaded with pump engines at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Unlike clean-up operations run routinely by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, this one is backed by local communities and teams of scientists who will take samples of water, mud and soil in each area to measure progress and determine the best cleaning method. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man stands in a boat loaded with pump engines at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Unlike clean-up operations run routinely by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, this one is backed by local communities and teams of scientists who will take...more

A man stands in a boat loaded with pump engines at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Unlike clean-up operations run routinely by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, this one is backed by local communities and teams of scientists who will take samples of water, mud and soil in each area to measure progress and determine the best cleaning method. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Plastic containers used in the crude oil cleanup, are seen at the Bodo site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Unlike clean-up operations run routinely by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, this one is backed by local communities and teams of scientists who will take samples of water, mud and soil in each area to measure progress and determine the best cleaning method. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Plastic containers used in the crude oil cleanup, are seen at the Bodo site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Unlike clean-up operations run routinely by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, this one is backed by local communities and teams of scientists who will...more

Plastic containers used in the crude oil cleanup, are seen at the Bodo site in Rivers State, Nigeria. Unlike clean-up operations run routinely by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, this one is backed by local communities and teams of scientists who will take samples of water, mud and soil in each area to measure progress and determine the best cleaning method. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A man scopes recovered crude oil retained behind the boom at the Bodo cleanup Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man scopes recovered crude oil retained behind the boom at the Bodo cleanup Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man scopes recovered crude oil retained behind the boom at the Bodo cleanup Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A worker flushes the crude oil polluted shoreline at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A worker flushes the crude oil polluted shoreline at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A worker flushes the crude oil polluted shoreline at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A man walks on a cleanedup section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man walks on a cleanedup section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man walks on a cleanedup section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Workers put a pump engine on a boat at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Workers put a pump engine on a boat at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Workers put a pump engine on a boat at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A man stands next to a cleanedup section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man stands next to a cleanedup section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man stands next to a cleanedup section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A man stands next to a stream of water in the cleaned up section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man stands next to a stream of water in the cleaned up section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A man stands next to a stream of water in the cleaned up section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Workers board a boat at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Workers board a boat at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Workers board a boat at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Men work at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Men work at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Men work at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A signboard announces the cleanup by Shell-SPDC in Bodo Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A signboard announces the cleanup by Shell-SPDC in Bodo Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A signboard announces the cleanup by Shell-SPDC in Bodo Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Canoes are seen on the bank of a creek at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Canoes are seen on the bank of a creek at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Canoes are seen on the bank of a creek at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A clean shoreline with stumps of mangrove trees seen in Bodo Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A clean shoreline with stumps of mangrove trees seen in Bodo Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A clean shoreline with stumps of mangrove trees seen in Bodo Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Workers flush the contaminated crude oil polluted creek shoreline at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Workers flush the contaminated crude oil polluted creek shoreline at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Workers flush the contaminated crude oil polluted creek shoreline at the Bodo cleanup site in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A high-pressure hose pushed into the soil flushes out mixed crude oil and water at the Bodo cleanup in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A high-pressure hose pushed into the soil flushes out mixed crude oil and water at the Bodo cleanup in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A high-pressure hose pushed into the soil flushes out mixed crude oil and water at the Bodo cleanup in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Men stand on refilled sand within the cleanedup section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Men stand on refilled sand within the cleanedup section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Men stand on refilled sand within the cleanedup section of the Bodo creek in Rivers State, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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