In oil-rich Niger delta, the sun never sets, as smokestacks still shoot out gas flares

by Karin Brulliard

In oil-rich Niger delta, gas flares form the backdrop to everyday life. Residents talk of infections and acid rain due to the flames. Photo: Karin Brulliard/Washington Post

EBOCHA, Nigeria — Kingsley Okene is the chief here. But despite his authority, he says he has never managed to snuff the giant gas-fueled flames that have towered over his Niger Delta village for decades.

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