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Dagogo Joel stands near the Oshie gas flare, which occassionally spurts a jet of flaming liquids. He bears the scars of one such incident that resulted in Joel being burned during a fishing trip as a boy. The flare belongs to the Agip oil company and has been burning continuously since 1972. <br />
The Rumuekpe community suffered much damage during the conflict among various rival militants and cult gangs over access to oil money. The inter-communal violence killed so many people, including women and children, between 2005-08. Thousands more were displaced by fighting that left homes, schools and churches in ruins with many suffering poverty and homelessness.