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Dolphin Dead on Gambian Beach Blamed on Pollution From Chinese Factory
A dolphin was found dead on a beach in Gungur, a coastal town in The Gambia, aggravating local concerns over pollution being dumped into the ocean by a Chinese fish processing factory, Africa News reported Sunday.
Heartbreaking photos of the incident were tweeted out by Togo human rights advocate Farida Nabourema Saturday.
During May 2017, dead fish found washed up along the coastline of The Gambia were thought to be killed by waste discharged by Golden Lead directly into the ocean via pipes. Instead, it was revealed they were dumped by fishermen who could not sell their catches to Golden Lead, Africa News reported in 2017. In June, Golden Lead settled out of court, agreeing to pay $25,000, begin treating wastewater and fund testing of water that had already been polluted.
The National Environmental Agency (NEA) fined the fishermen and reached an agreement with Golden Lead not to order more than they could buy.
Senior environmental inspector at the NEA Lamin Samateh told Africa News that the company was supposed to have installed a water treatment plant upon opening, but had not done so at the time of the settlement.
The dolphin was found one week after six young people were arrested May 6 for protesting Golden Lead's activities, Planet Earth World News reported May 7.
One of the young men arrested, Lamin Jammeh, was a U.S. citizen on vacation. He was apparently not involved in the protest and was arrested while picnicking nearby.
After Gambian activists gathered outside the police station where the protesters were being held, the six were released on bail May 7, Gunjur News Online confirmed via Twitter.
But that was not the end of their ordeal. Gunjur News Online further reported that the group's leader, Sulayman Bojang, was visited at his home at 2 a.m. May 8 by officers warning him to stay quiet about Golden Lead's activities.
According to the Facebook group Stop Golden Lead Factory exploiting the Gambia, there is another protest against Golden Lead planned at Gunjur beach for May 19.
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