ONE NIGERIAN WOMAN IS STANDING UP TO SHELL. STAND WITH HER.
Nigeria’s Esther Kiobel is taking on one of the world’s biggest oil companies in a final fight for justice over her husband’s killing. She’s pursued Shell for 22 years, accusing the company of colluding in her husband’s 1995 execution.
Shell’s quest for oil has devastated the once fertile land in the Niger Delta. Communities have been left destitute from decades of pollution. Oil spills have ravaged farmland and rivers, contaminating their water and putting their health at grave risk. In the 1990s, Shell seemingly would stop at nothing to make sure they were turning a profit. The company urged Nigeria’s military government to deal with environmental protests – knowing full well what that could mean. The military killed and tortured people in a brutal crackdown that culminated in the 1995 sham trial and hanging of nine Nigerian men, including Esther’s husband, Dr Barinem Kiobel.
Losing her husband tore Esther’s world apart. Fearing for her life, she fled Nigeria with her children. She never stopped struggling to have her husband’s name cleared.
ESTHER'S HUSBAND WAS
HANGED IN A SHAM TRIAL
BY THE NIGERIAN MILITARY
This month, Esther is taking Shell to court in the Netherlands in what will be a tense David vs Goliath face-off. Shell wants to belittle her claims and keep her complaints out of the public eye. But Esther won’t let them make her feel small. Neither should we.
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