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Helen Fallon



letters personal life political instability environmental international standards centre library science

Letters from the breadbasket (2012)

Abstract On 10th November 2011, Sister Majella McCarron OLA handed over a collection of personal correspondence she received from Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, in the two years leading up to his execution alongside eight other colleagues. This followed a trial before a special tribunal which contravened several key international standards for a fair trial and provoked international outrage. Saro- Wiwa was leading a non-violent campaign against the environmental destruction of his homeland in the Niger Delta by the international petrochemical industry. The letters to Sister Majella were smuggled out of his Port Harcourt detention centre in breadbaskets and provide rich detail on the ongoing struggle to protect the Niger Delta, the growing political instability in Nigeria and the importance of his friendship with a nun from Country Fermanagh during the final chapter of his life.
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