Yes money, but where’s the infrastructure?

“During fieldwork I was struck by the extent to which people articulated questions of responsibility for the outcomes of oil extraction and production in terms of infrastructure. Equatoguineans from diverse backgrounds, expatriate industry workers, and international activists alike all had their version: There is so much money in Equatorial Guinea now. Where is the running water? Electricity? Healthcare? Schools? The question and its iterations were so relentless that I even came up with shorthand in my field notes – ‘the incantation’ – which, in my imagination, was an intoned mantra: waterelectricityschoolshealthcare, water- electricityschoolshealthcare”- Hannah Appel, Walls and White Elephants, p. 443

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