Les victimes du scandale du Probo Koala compensées/ Victims of the Probo Koala’s scandal compensated

Selon le journal L’Intelligent d’Abidjan, les victimes du déversement toxique du Probo Koala de septembre 2006 passé recevront des c0mpensations financières:

La présidence de la République a rendu publique officiellement le jeudi 21 Juin 2007 la répartition des fonds d’indemnisation des victimes des déchets toxiques. Selon le porte parole de la présidence de la République, Coulibaly Gervais, parmi les victimes à indemniser, il y a l’Etat de Côte d’Ivoire. Celui percevra pour les préjudices subis la somme de 5 Milliards 18 Millions de F CFA dont 30 Milliards au titre du remboursement des dépenses déjé effectuées par le Gouvernement lors de la survenue du sinistre. Pour les collectivités territoriales ayant, subies des préjudices économiques , sanitaires et écologiques, il sera notamment alloué au District d’Abidjan une indemnisation de 2 Milliards 500 Millions de F CFA et qui sera affecté à son assainissement. Toujours sur ce point, Abobo, Attécoubé, Cocody, Koumassi, Port-Bouet, Treichville, Bingerville, Djibi, Akouédo Attié et Akouédo village seront également indemnisés. En ce qui concerne les dommages économiques, le porte parole de la présidence a fait savoir que l’enveloppe globale s’élève à 3 Milliards 300 Millions de F CFA. A l’en croire, les victimes sanitaires au nombre de 101313 personnes percevront chacun 200000 F CFA . Quant à la famille des personnes décédées, il sera remis à chacune 100 million de Fcfa. Les listes des victimes seront affichées selon le successeur de Désiré Tagro le 27 juin prochain et le paiement commencera le lendemain.

  • Note: 10 F CFA = 0.02 CAN $.

Probo Koala
Victims of the Probo Koala toxic waste dumping will receive a compensation according to the BBC.


The Ivory Coast has announced details of compensation to victims of last year’s toxic waste scandal in Abidjan.

The families of 16 people who died when poisonous waste was dumped in the city will get $200,000 (£100,000) each, with $408 each to thousands who became ill.

But the amount is less than half the total allocated to the state.

The Dutch company which chartered the vessel that allegedly dumped the waste said it would pay $198m (£102m) to the government for a clean-up and inquiry.

The oil-trading group Trafigura agreed to pay the money in February but said it was not liable for what happened.

‘Intensely political’

Some of its compensation money was intended to upgrade medical and sanitary facilities, and some to compensate the state for its costs in cleaning up Abidjan.

President Laurent Gbagbo’s spokesman said the payments to victims were equal, irrespective of the age of the deceased, because it would be wrong to distinguish between the dead.

The 75 people who were hospitalised should receive about $4,000. Officials say the money will be made available from the middle of next week.

The BBC’s James Copnall in Abidjan says the public release of the compensation scheme will go some way to alleviating the criticism the government has faced on this issue.

Many people had worried that the state would simply pocket everything it received from Trafigura, he says.

But the fact that so much of the money goes to the state rather than individuals will certainly leave some people unhappy.

Victims associations have already complained. One told the BBC that they had not been consulted at any stage.

Our correspondent says at the time the scandal was intensely political in a country which is heavily divided following a civil war. All sides used the disaster as an opportunity to blame their rivals.

It is still believed that there is a substantial amount of toxic waste which has not been cleared up.

Local company

Trafigura first attempted to discharge the chemical slops from one of its tankers, the Probo Koala, in the Dutch port of Amsterdam in early August 2006.

But the company that was to dispose of the waste suddenly increased its charges dramatically – asking for more to treat the waste. Trafigura refused, and the tanker proceeded to Nigeria.

There it failed to reach an agreement with two local firms about offloading the waste and only in Ivory Coast did it find a company to handle the waste.

On 19 August the waste was discharged near Abidjan. Two weeks later the first complaints arose. Instead of being incinerated as it should have been, the waste had been dumped.

Trafigura said it had been given to a local accredited company in Abidjan’s main port to deal with properly.