- Posted May 12, 2014 by
New York, New York
The Indigenous People of Biafran Genocide,And Remembering of their Heroes.
The Indigenous People of Biafra was a state of Nigeria that attempted to secede in 1967. The war that followed led to the deaths of between one and three and half million people, from violence and deliberate starvation. I was reminded of this genocide by an article in the Guardian by the famous African writer and Nigerian, Chinua Achebe, who charges that the history of the conflict, as with most such events, is being and continues to be suppressed.
Did the federal government of Nigeria engage in the genocide of its Igbo citizens – who set up the republic of Biafra in 1967 – through punitive policies, the most notorious being “starvation as a legitimate weapon of war”? Is the information blockade around the war a case of calculated historical suppression? Why has the war not been discussed, or taught to the young, more than 44 years after its end? Are we perpetually doomed to repeat the errors of the past because we are too stubborn to learn from them?
Well, the Indigenous People of Biafra,round the World, will on the 30th of May 2014, remember their Heroes and all those that lost their life during the war.