Hundreds of activists in Africa demonstrated on Wednesday against Total, accusing the group of carrying out projects that harm people and the ecosystem.
Total is once again under fire for its various strategies that harm people! These demonstrations took place on Wednesday 26 May 2021 in various African countries: Benin, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana and Nigeria.
Total is accused of being involved in controversial projects in Africa, including the East African Pipeline Project (EACOP) and the Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant project, which have led to the displacement of local communities from their ancestral lands and several human rights violations.
Total’s actions have led to indignation among the population, like Vanessa Nakate, a Ugandan activist: « We do not drink oil. That is why we cannot accept the construction of the East African pipeline. This project will cause massive displacement of people, destruction of ecosystems and natural habitats.
Andre Moliro, an activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), agrees, saying that « Total’s fossil fuel projects pose serious risks to protected environments, water sources and wetlands in the Great Lakes region and East Africa ».
Earlier this year, more than 260 African and international organisations sent an open letter to 25 banks asking them not to finance the construction of the EACOP project. Total subsequently issued a statement on the internet saying it was acting in a « responsible and transparent » manner on social and environmental issues related to the projects.