|Title||Atomic Africa: Clean Energy’s Dirty Secrets|
|Date released (year)||Forthcoming 2013|
|Production company||A&O Buero|
|Keywords/tags||Mineral extraction, mining|
|Link to clip||http://www.javafilms.fr/spip.php?article748|
|Synopsis||We reveal the dirty secrets behind the nuclear industry’s promise of clean energy for the African continent.From the beginning, Africa’s nuclear history was tragically linked to the atom bomb. The uranium used for the two bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 came from the Shinkolobwe uranium mine in the mineral-rich Katanga province in eastern Congo. Although the mine has officially been closed since 1961, it still poses a threat to global security because of its value to terrorist groups and so-called rogue states.
But at the moment, the real danger doesn’t come from terrorists or rogue states but from the dangerous practices of respectable companies from France, Germany, Canada, the UK and the US. In collusion with corrupt governments and questionable corporate partners these enterprises source uranium for their domestic markets. And – faced with an apparent “sales problem” of nuclear technology in the Western world – they also lobby African governments to buy nuclear power plants.
There is a shocking amount of ignorance among otherwise well informed high-level decision makers in Africa about the risks of nuclear power. They happily welcome the prospect of a seemingly endless, cheap and clean energy source. And their national pride is fuelled by the fact that the radioactive raw material for the new reactors doesn’t need to be imported from other countries – it’s hidden in the African soil.
Uranium mining, on the other hand, has been going on for half a century, with disastrous results: Large swathes of land are destroyed and tens of thousands of people are contaminated. If these people then dare to rise up against the injustice, their governments call them rebels and order the military to persecute and kill them. With the help of corrupt African governments, the nuclear industry practically wages war against their opponents.
This film is about the criminal activities of multinational nuclear enterprises in Africa. It shows how uranium mining by French, German, British, Canadian and American companies causes the slow death of millions of people, it describes the dangers of gangs and terrorists illegally acquiring nuclear material, it proves how tons of European and American nuclear waste are dumped on African soil – and it shows how ruthlessly the nuclear industry lobbies African governments to invest in nuclear power.