Restarting oil wells in South Sudan has uncertain health effects

South Sudan's government hopes to increase oil production to boost the economy, which means that leaking oil wells will be repaired, but locals worry they will see an increase in health problems.

by

    South Sudan plans to restart oil wells shut down after they were damaged by rebels five years ago.

    The oil wells have been leaking and contaminating local groundwater and the government hopes that repairing and restarting the oil wells will stop the contamination and is looking to the oil companies to address the needs of the locals.

    But locals and environmentalists are worried that the companies are not interested in their concerns and that restarting production may lead to an even more toxic environment.

    Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan reports.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.