All those bodies that fell into the sea from vast vessels designed to transport slaves – they are the reason Angola has so much oil. That’s what I have been told. Over the centuries the preserved remains of these women, men and children have come to form oil. The wars that followed slavery contributed to the petroleum supplies: people shovelled bodies into the splash at the end of each day’s fighting. And then independence came and more bodies were thrown into the sea. And the oil kept coming. That’s why Angola has so much petroleum. That’s what I was told.
So if it runs out, it will be a good thing. It will show that life has improved, that people are no longer killed and dropped in the ocean.