Oporoza, the site of our Nigeria Journey, suffered an attack in 2008 and fortunately the library was left unharmed. For more information and updates, follow these links to articles and interviews with Mary Ella Kebulsek and Joel Bisina. Look for mp3 files to hear the interviews. These websites are also following the events in the Niger Delta closely:
GCJ in the News
November 6, 2008: The Skanner ran a story “Citizen Ambassadors Set Trip To Burundi.”
May 21, 2008: The Seattle Times ran a story “Crude Times in the Niger Delta” about the situation there, and Sandy Cioffi’s film, “Sweet Crude.”
April 1, 2008: The Ballard News Tribune ran a story “Group to help bring clean water to tiny central African nation” about our upcoming Burundi Journey.
March 30, 2008: The Bellingham Herald ran a story on Barbara Gilday’s journey to Ghana.
January 9, 2008: The Daily Guide, a prominent newspaper in Ghana, ran a story, “Hand-Washing Promoted in Schools,” which mentions GCJ and delegate Jeannie Birchall.
November 19, 2007: Prosper Ndabishuriye, the founder of Youth for a New World/JRMD, our partner organization in Burundi, was recently in the US presenting on the work that his organization is doing to help heal wounds caused by ethnic strife. Read what the Seattle Times had to say.
News From the Field
April 20, 2008: After being detained by the Nigerian State Security Services while filming in the Niger Delta, the Sweet Crude team has been returned home safely. Read more.
Take a look at the Ghana blog.
GCJ’s inaugural journey was a resounding success and the Niger Delta Friendship Library is now open for business. Check out photos and reports from our adventure.
Read the article in the Boeing Corporate Philanthropy Report (page 30). Boeing was a significant sponsor of the Nigeria 2005 journey. A group of alumni from the Nigeria 2005 journey are working to establish a microlending program to serve the women of Oporoza and surrounding communities. Read about the project.
GCJ Media Coverage
- Read what the Seattle Times has to say about Prosper’s October visit
- Environment, Conflict and Cooperation: Oil Firms Blamed for Niger Delta Crisis
- Hear a radio segment on GCJ and the Niger Delta: KBCS “One World Report” 11.24.05
- Daily Independent, Nigeria: Niger Delta Friendship Library: Oporoza’s Dividend of Peace
- Daily Independent, Nigeria: Enduring Impact of Oporoza Library Project
- Real Change News: Subtle Diplomacy
- Real Change News: Diplomacy: Seattleites to Build Relationships in Oil-rich but Ravaged Nigeria
- The Vanguard, Nigeria: Americans Break Wall of Jericho between Ijaw, Itsekiri
- KOMO 1000 Radio News: Peace Group to Accomplish Volumes…Literally
- Magnolia News / Queen Anne News: Grassroots Group Seeks World Change
- Everett Herald: Women Go on a Mission of Peace
- Spiral Dynamics Newsletter: A Library, a Bridge to Peace
- Evergreen Monthly: Evergreen Citizen Susan Partnow – Mercury Uprising: Healing Global Hotspots
- Seattle PI: Around the Sound: Giving
- South Whidbey Record: He Gives Them a Voice
- North Seattle Herald-Outlook: Bridging the Cultural Divide
- Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter: New Nonprofit Global Citizen Journey Builds Global Neighborhoods
Catch up on past issues of our newsletter
Learn more about oil issues in the Niger Delta
NPR series on the Niger Delta
NPR’s Steve Inskeep spent two weeks in the Niger Delta, destination of the GCJ 2005 delegation, and broadcast a series of stories focused on oil production and its ramifications. If you missed them on the radio, they are posted online along with many photographs and special web features.
- Blood and Oil – NY Times editorial 4.16.06
- Strangers in the Dazzling Night: A Mix of Oil and Misery – NY Times 12.9.05
- Oil and Corporate Recklessness in Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region by Joel Bisina, GCJ Nigeria 2005 Host Country Director
- Why Women are at War with Chevron: Nigerian Subsistence Struggles Against the International Oil Industry
- Legal Action to Stop Nigeria Gas Flaring
- Oporoza: Beckoning for Aid, by Tunke-Aye Bisina
Read our news releases
- March 2006: Grassroots Approach Makes Peace and Change in Volatile Niger Delta
- October 2005: Puget Sound Residents Broker Peace and Partnerships in Oil-Rich Niger Delta: Grassroots Citizen Diplomacy Accomplishes What Governments Can’t or Won’t
- March 2005: Global Citizen Journey To Build First Niger Delta Library and Bridges of Understanding
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