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Into the Heart of the Niger Delta

December 12, 2012, Ethno Traveler: A Journey To Okrika

A year ago, I made a reporting trip to Nigeria. I went there because Nigeria has oil. And nearly all of it is in the Niger Delta, a swampy area along the country’s southern coast. Militant groups like the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF) have been active in the Delta for a decade. They are fighting for a great share of the money generated by Nigeria’s oil industry.

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