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Dumping waste in Africa.

Who permitted Trafigura to offload the toxic waste in Cote d'lvoire? (Baffour's Beefs, Nov). I don't think Trafigura could have dumped the waste without local collaboration or consent! Another question is: Why can't companies like Trafigura find sites in their own countries to dump the waste and leave Africa alone?

The uncomfortable truth is that some people in Cote d'lvoire accepted the waste thinking about the "huge" money that would fill their pockets, and not the adverse impact on their people. Trafigura, on the other hand, turned to Cote d'lvoire in order to protect their own country and people from the everlasting consequences of such toxic waste. How cunning they have been! Consequently, both the local collaborators and Trafigura should be prosecuted!

Regarding Nando Opio's complaint (NA, Oct) about New African "constantly blaming the West for everything that is wrong in Africa", I want to tell him to keep in mind that the West has contributed and continues to contribute to many of the ills in Africa. Journalists are the eyes of society, they bring us unknown and untold stories, and they should continue to do their work!

Herman Maurice Sagbohan

Cotonou, Benin

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Title Annotation:READERS' VIEWS
Author:Sagbohan, Herman Maurice
Publication:New African
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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