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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Ken Saro Wiwa commemorative event!



You are invited to join the Sierra Club of Canada
and Dr. Owens Wiwa
for an evening of remembrance, solidarity and imagery,
marking the 5th anniversary of the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian
environmental and social justice activist.

Wednesday November 15, 2000, 7pm
University of Ottawa, Room 205 University Centre
(between Montpetit Hall and the Central Library)

Speaking will be: Dr. Owens Wiwa, Kenís brother, Elizabeth May, Exec
Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, and Sister McCarron, long time human
rights worker and close friend of Kenís.  Images from Nigeria, MOSOP and Ken
ís extraordinary life will also be shown.

A poet, human rights & environmental activist, and President of the movement
for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ken and 8 of his colleagues
were executed by the Nigerian Government five years ago for fighting to keep
their lands free of Shell Oil pollution.






Leslie Dickout
Climate Change Campaigner
Sierra Club of Canada National Office
412-1 Nicholas St.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 5R3
voice: 613-241-4611
fax: 613-241-2292
email: leslie-d@comnet.ca
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5 years ago,  Ken Saro Wiwa was executed.  He was  a well known Nigerian author and television producer and president of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), an organization set up to defend the environmental and human rights of the Ogoni people who live in the Niger Delta.

Shell Oil Company entered Ogoni land in 1958. To date, the corporation has taken some 900 million barrels of oil worth some 30 billion US dollars and still wants more. The Ogoni have seen nearly none of the financial benefits of the oil, having no running water, no electricity and improper government health services. However, their land has been ruined by oil blowouts, gas flaring and other oil operations. Shell has waged ecological war against the Ogoni people

Working closely with Shell, the Nigerian dictatorship government hung Ken and eight others on Nov 10, 1995.

Ken's last words were:
"Lord take my soul. The struggle continues."

And so it does.

JOIN DR. OWENS WIWA - KEN'S BROTHER,
ELIZABETH MAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SIERRA CLUB OF CANADA,  AND SISTER MCCARRON, LONG TIME HUMAN RIGHTS WORKER AND FRIEND OF KEN'S, 
FOR AN EVENING OF REMEMBRANCE, SOLIDARITY,
AND IMAGERY. 

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Time: 7:00 pm

Room 205, University Centre
(between Montpetit Hall & Central Library)
          UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

                    Information: 241-4611