Western industrial companies have been freely dumping tons of hazardous toxic and ☢️ nuclear waste into the unregulated shores off Somalia’s coastline, which according to locals include companies from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
🇺🇳 UN envoy to Somalia: ‘Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead, and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury.’ Much of it can be traced back to European 🏥 hospitals and factories.
No media attention!
It is noteworthy that there has been almost no media attention for the nuclear waste dump practices in Somalia's oceans. The issue came to light in the 2005 tsunami that caused hundreds of barrels with nuclear waste to wash up on the beach.
☢️ nuclear waste dumping
In one of the most major articles on the case (+/- number 1 in Google among just a few articles), on 'expertsure.com' from Bristol, UK, it is indicated that the planned dump of nuclear water by 🇯🇵 Japan in 2023, has received a lot of attention, while until now, the dump of nuclear waste in Somalia's oceans received almost no attention.
CEO ExpertSure.comIt seems tragically ironic that so much care and attention are being focused on the recent nuclear catastrophe in 🇯🇵 Japan, yet absolutely nothing is being said or done to protect millions of Somalis who have been poisoned for decades by our illegally dumped hazardous nuclear waste. Who are the real criminal pirates here?
Yesterday the BBC reported that radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima reactor site are ten million times normal levels. As the oceans near the damaged nuclear plant are becoming contaminated with increasing amounts of nuclear radiation, concerns are growing about how much radioactive poison the planet’s seas can withstand.
However, although it is not receiving anywhere near as much attention as the unfolding disaster in Japan, the massive amounts of illegally dumped radioactive nuclear waste that are still being thrown into Somalia’s oceans potentially could prove to be an even more deadly catastrophe.
Source: ExpertSure.com (PDF backup)
🏴☠️ Pirate activism from Somalia
In 2008, pirates in Somalia started to hijack ships in the region, hijacking ever more prolific targets, including arms ships, oil tankers and cruise liners, and extracting huge ransoms from their owners.(2008) List of ships attacked by Somali pirates in 2008 Source: WikiPedia
In Western media, the pirates were presented as savages without mentioning a motive related to toxic waste dumping in Somalia's oceans.
An example is an article in The Guardian (not a single mention of 'toxic waste dumping').(2008) How savage Somali pirates reign on the world's high seas It has become the most dangerous strip of sea in the world with weekly attacks on European ships. Off the Somalian coast brutal pirates are hijacking luxury yachts, vast cruise liners and even food aid ships and demanding - and getting - huge ransoms. Source: The Guardian
According to several sources the pirates acted with a motive related to toxic waste dumping in Somalia's oceans by 🇪🇺 European companies.(2009) Somalia's oceans used as toxic dumping ground National governments and NGOs decried the pirates’ actions as an affront to international maritime law, but few examined the pirates’ claim that a far greater crime continues in Somalia: the illegal dumping of toxic waste. Source: The Ecologist (2008) 'Toxic waste' behind Somali piracy Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of a Ukrainian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste. Source: Business & Human Rights
Dumping of toxic chemical waste
Some toxic chemical waste such as hexachlorobenzene (HCB) is denied for processing in Europe and is therefor dumped in Somalia’s oceans. Somali locals reported that German and Danish shipping companies recently dumped 60,000 barrels of HCB from Australia.
One gram of HCB is enough to contaminate one billion gallons (over 3 billion litres) of water.
A recent study (2019) by Royal Society of Chemistry showed that Humpback whales are getting sick by HCB contamination, causing a variety of health effects, DNA damage and cancer. HCB dominates the contaminant profiles in whales.(2019) Hexachlorobenzene exerts genotoxic effects in a humpback whale cell line under stable exposure conditions Humpback whales, like other polar wildlife, accumulate persistent organic pollutants. In Southern hemisphere populations, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) dominates the contaminant profiles. HCB is linked to a variety of health effects and is classified as a group 2B carcinogen. Source: Royal Society of Chemistry