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The Nigerian city covered in soot

Updated 2:17 PM ET, Mon April 23, 2018
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The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as "The Garden City." Black soot is now everywhere. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The city is in the oil-producing Niger Delta region. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A social media campaign has been launched by radio host Sandra Ezekwesili, #StopTheSoot. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The cause of the soot is has been a mysterious to residents, but many think it's related to the destruction of illegal oil refineries. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
People say the pollution is affecting their health. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Residents have also taken to Twitter to express their frustration. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
"You go to bed, you wake up, you're covered in it," Ezekwesili told CNN. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A soot-covered hand. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
"The air is thick with the soot," Ezekwesili said. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images