Over a decade later, Kenya’s lead poisoning victims still await compensation

Kenyan environmental activist and whistleblower Phyllis Omido discovered in 2009 that the smelting plant where she worked was poisoning the community with lead, including her young son.

She spearheaded an effort to shut down the plant and won the community an unprecedented $ 12 million settlement. But state agencies are appealing the case and more than a decade after the poisoning was discovered, the victims have yet to receive compensation.

Many in Mombasa’s poor Owino Uhuru neighborhood suffer long-term effects such as kidney and liver failure, with no money to pay for medical care. Omido joined us for Perspective.

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