Is the EU Dumping Nuclear Waste in Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia (SOMALI AGENDA) – SOMALI AGENDA has obtained and verified the authenticity of an agreement between the Federal Government of Somalia and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The agreement will strength the friendly relations and cooperation between Somalia and the European Atomic Energy Community.

The agreement will also provide the European Atomic Energy Community a legal personality on the territory of Somalia. Signed on May 10th 2015 in Brussels by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, the agreement also bestows full diplomatic immunities and rights.

Political observers speaking to SOMALI AGENDA question the actual purpose and scope of the agreement. They hint the actual intention of the agreement might be to allow the European Atomic Energy Community to dump toxic nuclear waste in the waters of Somalia.

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As we have documented on our previous report on illegal fishing in Somalia, the Somali waters have long been used by illicit networks since the 1980s. European firms initially in conjunction with Somali government of General Mohamed Siad Barre and later with clan warlords, used Somalia as a dumping ground for nuclear and other toxic waste. As the Somali civil war raged on, Western firms began a cruel barter trade in which in exchange for arms and money, Somali warlords allowed the dumping of nuclear waste and other toxic materials across Somalia both on land and on sea.

The warlords also permitted these Western firms to illegally fish in Somali waters to make the arrangement more attractive. And herein lies the genesis of the illegal fishing saga in Somalia. In 1994, Italian journalist Ilaria Alpi and her cameraman Miran Hrovatin were both murdered in Mogadishu when they attempted to expose this network.

Since then, health experts have documented the exponential growth of cancer rates along the Somali coast corresponding to the areas where the toxic waste were first dumped. The current illegal fishing saga in Somalia follows the same shadowy pattern that was employed by the Western firms in which corrupt Somali officials are financially enticed to sanction illegal fishing in Somali waters.

As is widely known, Somalia is home to a large untapped uranium deposits; the combination of these resources and previous experiences of nuclear and toxic waste dumping by European firms in Somalia raises alarming questions on the purpose behind Somalia’s agreement with the European Atomic Energy Community. Repeated requests to the European Mission in Somalia and the Federal Government of Somalia for clarifications went unanswered.

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