shame on the Ivorian government

The BBC has this really sad story about the dumping of chemicals in Abidjan, Ivory Coast by Trafigura, an oil trading company.

The story reveals that the company  knew about the harmful effects of the chemicals. Internal emails contained messages like:

This operation is no longer allowed in the European Union, the United States and Singapore” it is “banned in most countries due to the ‘hazardous nature of the waste

And yet the Ivorian government allowed its citizens to be exposed to the waste from Trafigura. Shame shame shame.