UN / CÔTE D’IVOIRE TOXIC WASTE

17-Aug-2016 00:00:47
A group of UN experts say that survivors of illegal toxic waste dumping known as the ‘Probo Koala incident’ that took place ten years ago in Cote d’Ivoire still remain in the dark about the ongoing dangers to their health. FILE
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STORY: UN / CÔTE D’IVOIRE TOXIC WASTE
TRT: 00:47
SOURCE: ONUCI
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FILE - ONUCI - 2 JUNE 2008, DJIBI VILLAGE, ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE

1. Wide shot, piles of white bags filled with toxic waste
2. Med shot, sign on barbed wire saying "Dangerous zone" with toxic waste in the background
3. Close up, sign with bags of toxic waste in background
4. Wide shot, villagers gathering in front of toxic waste
5. Close up, villager covering his nose with a tissue
6. Close up, ground stained a greenish color near a bag of toxic waste
7. Med shot, villager with his fingers his nose, other villagers holding their noses in the background
8. Various shots, piles of bags containing toxic waste

FILE - ONUCI - SEPTEMBER 2006, ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE

9. Pan, sign reading "No Trespassing" to toxic waste

FILE - ONUCI - 4 AUGUST 2008, ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE

10. Various shots, demonstration by victims of toxic waste in an area of Abidjan
11. Med shot, demonstrators holding a banner reading "Workers of Vridi [an area of Abidjan] are also victims of toxic waste"
STORYLINE
It has been ten years since illegal dumping of toxic waste, also known as the ‘Probo Koala incident’ took place in Côte d'Ivorie and the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) is urging the Ivorian government, responsible states and the international community "to take this opportunity to address the ongoing human rights impacts of the incident.”

OHCHR office also called on Trafigura, the company behind the ‘Probo Koala incident’, “to support this process by disclosing all the information it has about the contents and nature of the waste dumped in Côte d’Ivoire, and its likely ongoing health and environmental consequences.”

Reiterating deep concern on the residents’ health problems after the incident, they said “residents still complain of the smell from the waste when it rains heavily, as well as headaches, skin problems and respiratory issues that they believe are linked to the incident. Many victims have not received an adequate remedy for the harms caused by the incident and report that they are have not been able to afford medical treatment notably after October 2006 when the relevant free medical treatment finished.”

On 19 August 2006, the cargo ship ‘Probo Koala’ discharged 500 tonnes or the equivalent of over twelve 20 shipping containers of toxic waste in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The toxic waste were later dumped at 18 sites around the city while many other possible locations remain unknown to date. According to the UN human rights office, “15 people died, 69 people were hospitalized and over 108,000 others sought medical treatment after the so called ‘Probo Koala incident’.”
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