Kenya’s ‘Erin Brockovich’ defies harassment to bring anti-pollution case to courts / ‘Erin Brockovich’ wa Kenya unastahili unyanyasaji kuleta kesi ya kupambana na uchafuzi kwa mahakama

Phyllis Omido is leading a landmark class action demanding a clean-up and compensation from a lead-smelting factory accused of poisoning local residents – including her own son

Phyllis Omido was awarded the Goldman Environmental prize in 2015 for organising protests against a lead-smelting plant in Owino Uhuru.
 Phyllis Omido was awarded the Goldman Environmental prize in 2015 for organising protests against a lead-smelting plant in Owino Uhuru.
Photograph: Jonathan Watts for the Guardia
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Eight years after her baby was lead-poisoned through breast milk, Kenya’s most prominent anti-pollution campaigner is set to finally get her day in court in a case that the UN hopes will prove a landmark for environmental defenders across Africa.

Phyllis Omido has been threatened by thugs, arrested by police and forced into hiding for organising opposition to a lead-smelting factory in Mombasa, which allegedly poisoned residents in the neighbouring shantytown of Owino Uhuru.

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