Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni People on International Archives Day 2016

Guest Post by Sister Majella McCarron (OLA)

Sister Majella Mc Carron 2
Sister Majella McCarron

This is a very significant month for all of us who have campaigned against the environmental destruction of the Niger Delta by the international petrochemical industry.  Twenty one years after the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues (The Ogoni Nine), the official clean-up of Ogoni -and eventually all of the Niger Delta – commenced this month on the 2nd of June.

The UN Environmental Programme estimate that the clean-up will take approximately 30 years. You can read more about this in “The Guardian” and “Ogoni News” . The clean-up is part of the Ogoni story and part of the legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues.

Ken Saro-Wiwa
Ken Saro-Wiwa. Courtesy of Noo Saro-Wiwa

In 2011, I donated the letters Ken sent me from military detention to Maynooth University
and also other items connected with the Ogoni struggle.  I recorded my work with Ken in Nigeria and subsequently in the international campaign to save his life for the MU Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive.

It is my sincere hope that these resources will be of value to researchers, activists and all those who seek justice and non-violent solutions to conflict.

Sister Majella McCarron

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