Left in the dust

Publication - 4 May, 2010
AREVA’s radioactive legacy in the desert towns of Niger.

In one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking last in the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where more than 40% of children are underweight for their age, water and access to improved water sources is scarce and almost three quarters of the population are illiterate, the French nuclear giant AREVA extracts precious—and deadly—natural resources, earning billions for its Fortune 5002 corporation, and leaving little behind but centuries of environmental pollution and health risks for the citizens of Niger.

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Update: AREVA have informed us that since January this year the company has employed an occupational doctor at its medical facilities in Niger. We are happy that AREVA is taking action, after already having cleaned up some radioactive hotspots in the mining town Akokan.

However, we remain concerned and stress the need for a comprehensive independent study. We are awaiting an action plan from AREVA detailing how they will address all the problems in the uranium mining area in Niger. We ask that AREVA attend to this as a matter of urgency.