Today, the Ogoni people have: No functioning schools, No functioning hospitals, No social welfare programs, No pipe-borne water, No electricity, No job opportunities, No economic development projects and the people are living under fifty cents ($0.50) a day.
Today, many children in Ogoniland, Nigeria do not have equal opportunity to education because they parents cannot afford the money for basic education. Research in Ogoniland also revealed that 50% of Ogoni children do not have elementary education, 70% of Ogoni children do not have secondary education, and 90% of Ogoni children do not have college education. As a result of the extreme poverty, parents cannot afford money for their children's school fees, uniform, shoes, books, etc; those mostly affected are the ones who have lost their parents.
I am writing as your constituent who is concerned with U.S. approach to extreme poverty and injustice in Niger Delta region of Nigeria, particularly in Ogoniland. I would like to draw your attention to the ongoing extreme poverty, injustice and oil related violent conflict in the area. Today, the Ogoni people have: No functioning schools, No functioning hospitals, No social welfare programs, No pipe-borne water, No electricity, No job opportunities, No economic development projects and the people are living under fifty cents ($0.50) a day, such unlivable environments are very troubling to me.
Since 1993 the Nigerian government and Shell have continuously harasses, arrests, beats, tortures, rapes and kills the Ogoni children, women and men. Between 1993 and 1996 over 2,000 children, women and men were killed and 30 Ogoniland villages were destroyed by the Nigerian armed forces. On November 10th, 1995, without any valid allegation, Mr. Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders were hanged by the Nigerian government. Their crimes? Asking for the protection of their basic human rights, voicing their right to self-determination, and exposing the Shell Petroleum Development Company's (SPDC) role in destroying their homeland, dismantling their communities and killing their people.
Today, I am asking you, for your immediate supports to save this vulnerable people in Ogoniland.
Today, the Ogoni people in Nigeria faces the rise of governmental radicalism, extreme poverty and injustice, lack of opportunity, the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and instability conflict violent threaten our national security while at the same endangering the lives and health of those directly affected.
Please support an aggressive U.S International Affairs strategy that fights the causes of government oppression and extreme poverty and injustice in Ogoniland. While we face difficult economic times here at home, we must be an example for the rest of the world in terms of respect for basic rights of all citizens. I am asking for your immediate supports and efforts to fight against these extreme conditions in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, particularly in Ogoniland. These issues are very important to me. A response from you would be greatly appreciated and I hope you will give my appeal serious consideration, thank you.
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