Abidjan residents still "in the dark" 10 years after toxic waste dumping

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Toxic waste. File Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Ten years after a cargo ship dumped 500 tonnes of toxic waste around the city of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, residents "remain in the dark" over its effects on their health, according to a group of independent human rights experts.

The vessel, Probo Koala, belonged to an Anglo-Dutch oil trading company called Trafigura which had earlier decided against unloading the waste in the Netherlands because proper disposal was more expensive.

The incident resulted in 15 deaths while nearly 70 people were hospitalized and more than 100,000 sought medical treatment.

The experts, known as UN Special Rapporteurs, are urging the concerned governments and the international community to address the ongoing human rights impacts.

Dianne Penn has been speaking to one of the experts, Baskut Tuncak.

Duration: 5'16"

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