Nigeria is the world's eighth-largest oil exporter and provides one-tenth of US imports. But many Nigerians resent that oil revenues seem to be distributed among foreign businesses that exploit the country's natural resources and a historically corrupt government characterized as unresponsive to its citizens' needs. Attacks on foreign production facilities and the theft and smuggling of oil are increasingly common tactics. The constant threat of violence and kidnapping has forced many foreign businesses to relocate nonessential employees to safer areas or suspend operations in the area altogether. For many industries, however, the risk of operating in Nigeria far outweighs the rewards. Not everything is negative in the Niger Delta, though.