Documents, facts and logic about the pogrom in an estimated 2 million that perished; Yakubu Gowon's-led genocidal campaign against the Igbo Nation and Obafemi Awolowo's orchestrated Economic Blockade that denied access to food and medicine to the children of Biafra.
“Each morning when we came out of the house there were people gathered everywhere, begging for help. Children were crying… people were dying all around us… parents were crying as they buried their children. I knew a lot of these people, because I had lived among them in the parish. As a young priest I was not prepared to deal with this — it was unimaginable.”
-----------------Aengus Finucane, Irish Catholic Priest. Image: Peter Williams, Owerri Feeding Center, 1968.
Biafran Food Distribution Map Courtesy Of Ed Keazor/Hakan Gottberger
Hakan Gottberger was a Swedish photographer who volunteered to work for the International Red Cross during the Biafran War helping distribute relief materials as they arrived. In 2007, Gottberger was in an exhibition where he showed his Biafran project photographs in Biafra in 1968-69 during his days of volunteering for the Red Cross in distributing food along the routes designated by the handlers from Item to Uli. Thanks to Ed Keazor, Ebele Obumselu and Hakan Gottberger who made this presentation possible. Presentation was conducted on Keazor's Facebook page between August and September 2011. All images in this article were taken by Gottberger and permission must be sought for any use and reproduction.
Ike Chime: I remember these routes well. At a time during the war, I was a Red Cross volunteer. I served in Hospitals …
Some Commentaries from accounts of the documentary "Nchamere Nd'Igbo: Evidence of the Anti-Igbo Pogrom": The Igbo generation today, our generation, must ensure that this genocide never happens again. Nigeria murdered 3.1 million Igbo children, women and men people between 29 May 1966 and 12 January 1970. This figure represents one-quarter of the Igbo nation's population at the time, The Igbo genocide is the foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa and the most devastating genocide of 20th century Africa. All those involved in the murder of the Igbo will be brought to trial. They can be sure of that. No one murders Igbo people and gets away with it. International law on the crime of genocide has no statute of limitation. This we know.
........................................Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, Leading Scholar, Igbo Genocide
The story of the tragic history of Nigeria. I can see myself in one of those sick and starving children. We saw it and…
A Biafran child at a refugee camp August 5, 1968. Thousands died from starvation daily. The girl in the photo died hours after this picture was taken from malnutrition. Image: Kurt Strumps/AP
Les Archer, a British construction worker holds the hands of a starving Biafran child, one of the estimated 600 Igbo children t the tiny Niger Maternity Home in Port Harcourt, January 22, 1970. Image: Dennis Lee Royle
Biafran refugees bury 3-year-old boy, Leke, wrapped in cloth. The boy died from famine in this refugee camp after his mother had carried him more than 100 miles. Image: Kurt Strumps/AP, 1968
Dr. Sherman Nagel, 53, a former Los Angeles, Calif., physician, checks the lungs of a malnourished girl brought by her mother to Dr. Nagel's Northern Anwa County hospital in Biafra, Aug. 2, 1968. The girl died a few hours later from starvation. Image: Dennis Lee Royle/Associated Press
British nurse Elva Peterson feeding desperately starved and malnourished…
AUTHORS: PHILIP GOUREVITCH; JOHN BARTH, LUIGI BIANCHI, ET AL; AUBERON WAUGH; BRUCE FEIGN; OKEY NDIBE; RON DORON; HERBERT EKWE-EKWE; EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO; MARK CURTIS AND ZACH DUNDASS COMPILED AND EDITED BY AMBROSE EHIRIM
Alms Dealers: Can You Provide Humanitarian Aid Without Facilitating Conflicts?By Philip Gourevitch, The New YorkerOctober 11, 2010
In Biafra in 1968, a generation of children was starving to death. This was a year after oil-rich Biafra had seceded from Nigeria, and, in return, Nigeria had attacked and laid siege to Biafra. Foreign correspondents in the blockaded enclave spotted the first signs of famine that spring, and by early summer there were reports that thousands of the youngest Biafrans were dying each day. Hardly anybody in the rest of the world paid attention until a reporter from the Sun, the London tabloid, visited Biafra with a photographer and encountered the wasting children: eerie, withered little wraiths. The paper ran the pictures alongside harrowing repor…