Ken Saro-Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa

 

Ken Saro-Wiwa led the resistance of the Ogoni People against the pollution of their Delta homeland in Nigeria. At all stages of their campaign, Saro-Wiwa advocated peaceful resistance to the forces that would deprive the Ogoni People of a say in the development of their region. As leader of the resistance movement, he knew full well the risks he ran in opposing the Nigerian Government. In November 1995, Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists were executed. Subsequently, the Nigerian regime was roundly condemned by the leaders of the international community. Saro-Wiwa advocated that human rights and the environment are inextricably linked. He sent a message to the world that all peoples have an inalienable right to peacefully protest destructive development.Ken Saro-Wiwa

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