Student: Petroleum Essay examples

Submitted By happystarling
Words: 1169
Pages: 5

 Introduction
 What lead to the war
 Cause and effect of the war with examples
 How the war was resolved
 Conclusion
 Work Citation
 Address questions from the audience Ishmael beah’s story of a childhood destroyed by war is hurtful by most of the reader’s of his biographical experience of what it means to be a boy soldier. It also portraits how he lost his family with pain and passed through tough and a painful moment in life. In the story, Ishmael‘s experience during the war lead him to become an adult, even at twelve years old. However, my native country Nigeria had experience the same war in the past decade of years which leads to injuries, tears, death, and homelessness. In 1999, two ethnic regions called Oku Iboku and Ikot Affiong, fought for a natural resource called cruel oil. The two ethnic regions shared a close boundary together where the cruel oil was found. This war lasted for six years (1999-2004). Cruel oil is one of the expensive resources which a gas factory pays a huge sum of money to buy and refine it and later sells it out to the gas stations and to the retailers. Consequently, the war bought about three effects in people’s lives. Painfully, this war shook pre-existing social and familial structures, presenting the women of the villages with the task of realigning their perceptions with the new social facts around them. I will concentrate on the point listed below: First, since before Nigeria's independence in 1960, took place, there had been tensions surrounding the ethnic regions that had cruel oil as a natural resource. These two ethnic regions use the cruel oil as revenue and when it was process and put into the market, whichever side of the region that sold the oil to the gas factory, receives a large amount of money. In 1999, Ikot Affiong produced 40 percent of Nigeria's two million barrels a day of crude oil and they received 13 percent of the revenue from production in the community. The oil production gave a lot of profits that was more than US$1billion a year. This brought about disagreement between the two ethnic regions. Second the cause and effect of the cruel oil war in the two ethnic regions. According to my grandfather, in (1999-2004), during the time of war, there was no food in both communities. People suffered from hunger and distress for not eating for a day. When the war started, shops were close, some were burnt down, markets were closed and some were burnt down also. People hike for fifty kilometers in order to prevent dead. Some people who knew how to swim swum in the big river that links Oku Iboku with another ethnic region, to escape for safety. Some people, who were not really good in swimming, ended up dying. Before the war happen, Ikot Affiong and Oku Iboku had two popular market that people knew as Ikot Affiong and Oku Iboku market. The market was so popular that people came from distance places to buy and to sell their goods. When the war started, Ikot Affiong and Oku Iboku market were burnt down. People had no place to buy food from; even they got afraid of their houses, because each day, fighter from either side of the ethnic region would come to kill their opponent. As a result people had no roof under their head. They suffer day by day. Because of the war that brought hunger, people started to feed on raw cassavas. They eat this three times a day, because there was no other food for them to feed on. These cassavas were harvested from the nearby farms that were across within their reach. This starvation and eating of raw cassava which contained mostly carbohydrate brought various illnesses to people who end up death. For example my grandfather said that his friend Harry, who he graduated out of University the same time with, experience the war and also, suffered hunger. Unfortunately for him he couldn’t survive the war, so he died during the war. Third, the state governor of Calabar Donald Duke, decided to stop the