Date with history: Justice my father died for

November 10, 1995: Noo Saro-Wiwa writes of the fight with Shell over pollution of the Niger Delta that led to an execution

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Noo Saro-Wiwa

Travel writer

Earlier this year, an appeals court in the Hague ordered the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to pay $111 million in compensation to Nigerian farmers for the pollution caused to the Niger Delta by an oil spill in 1970. 

The court delivered its judgment at the end of a 30-year civil case brought by farmers in Ogoniland’s Ejama-Ebubu community. The farmers were seeking financial compensation and a clean-up by Shell Nigeria for pollution caused by leaking oil pipelines. 

In a second case, Shell was ordered to pay damages for pipeline leaks in the villages of Oruma and Goi.

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