97 held hostage on oil rigs fear for their lives

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  1. zimv20 macrumors 601

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  2. zimv20 thread starter macrumors 601

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    has anyone else seen this? is it really being kept secret?
     
  3. macfan macrumors member

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    I saw reports on this a few days back. Not sure if it's being kept secret, or who's keeping it secret.
     
  4. zimv20 thread starter macrumors 601

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    do you remember where you saw it?
     
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    that is really depressing and sad. that just shows you how unsafe the world is today, even for peope trying to make a living.
     
  6. macfan macrumors member

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    I think it was on one of the news station's tickers. I remember thinking that it should have been bigger news. It could have been another instance since these things seem to be very common in Nigeria.
     
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    Hopefully they won't be held hostage much longer. I wonder why it was kept secret.
     
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    yeah, i wonder who was keeping it a secret and why. who had the initial reports of it?
     
  9. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Since April 19th!

    Wow!

    Why the hell didn't they report this!

    Lets see SARS is getting old already, report about this! what the heck!
     
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    speaking of SARS, it's getting to be elian gonzalez, or sandra levey, or some other recurring news item. i mean geesh, give it a break for a few days!:eek: :rolleyes:
     
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    when i was in africa last year, the ghanaian (sp?) guy we were chilling with was talking about nigeria and how it's seen as such a barbaric place. he used to live there and would never go back... sacrificing virgins and all that stuff you wouldn't think people still did...

    kinda frightening to say the least.
     
  12. billyboy macrumors 65816

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    This is just another incident among many. Oil companies have been at the centre of ongoing 'war' in Nigeria for decades. This incident is a bit more high profile now because it did not blow over in the first couple of days and involves 97 ex pats.

    The paltry wages the local divers get in comparison to the ex pats doing the same job, plus their current grievance over the sackings of 5 workers accused of theft, plus changed transport arrangements, then factor in a no nonsense rigger mentality in a well corrupt Nigeria and wallop, you have an insurrection in the news.

    Edit: The last I read the rigs are surrounded by the Nigerian navy.
     
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    According to the first item of breaking news here

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,144,00.html

    the first of the UK hostages has been airlifted off.

    Coincidentally it is also the day Shell announces profits of nearly $4bn for the last year and BP $2.5bn.
     

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