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The Nigeria-Biafra War : genocide and the politics of memory / edited by Chima J. Korieh.


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Amherst, NY : Cambria Press, c2012.
  • Book, Conference Proceedings
  • xii, 354 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [325]-340) and index.
  • Getting the terminology right : genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity in Biafra / Paul R. Bartrop
  • Forgotten genocide : the Igbo people and genocide studies / G.N. Uzoigwe
  • Genocide by starvation : the role of religious organizations and the local population in relief operations in the Nigeria-Biafra War / Mary-Noelle Ethel Ezeh
  • Ireland and Biafra : hunger, history, politics and public opinion / Fiona Bateman
  • Biafra in retrospect : the role of the international community and its ethico-political implications / Tobe Nnamani
  • 'Remember to forget' : the Nigeria-Biafra War, history, and the politics of memory / Akachi Odoemene
  • The Nigeria-Biafra Civil War Memorial and the politics of memory / Emeka Xris Obiezu
  • The ordeal of a Biafran refugee, or When women became men / Ada Uzoamaka Azodo
  • Dangerous memory : the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War, the post-war generation, and a legacy of frustration / Augustine Duru
  • Forty years later
  • the war hasn't ended / Philip U. Effiong
  • Lessons from Biafra : the structuration of socially relevant science in the Research and Production Directorate / Chikwendu Christian Ukaegbu
  • Igbo challenges in post-conflict Nigeria / Victor Ukaogo.
In 1967, Nigeria was plunged into a brutal civil war with secessionist Biafra. The war, which lasted for 30 months and led to the death of over one million ethnic Igbo, has been described as the first genocide in post-colonial Africa. Although much has been written about the Nigeria Civil war, most of what has been written remains the perspectives of the major actors and generals who conducted the war. This book, through careful analysis of the experiences of those who witnessed the war on the Biafra side as well as other primary and archival sources, brings to life the Civil War-time trials and tribulations of ordinary Biafrans. Focusing primarily on the Biafran side of that civil war, the book reexamines the civil war from the perspective of non-military support of the war effort and the lingering human costs of that conflict. It also presents the Biafra experience in the context of issues of genocide, the role of humanitarian and international civil or advocacy groups; International Organizations and conflict resolution; and the impact of the Cold War and resources control (oil) in shaping the contours of the Nigeria-Biafra War. Based on personal experiences of the Biafra-Nigeria War, this book speaks to some elements in the causes of the war, the actual conduct of the war on both sides, and the underlying genocidal rather than political motivations for the war. As Michael J. C. Echeruo notes "Biafra should stand in the world's conscience as a monument to the possibility of successfully resisting 'final solutions.'"' This is an important book for collections in African studies, history, international studies, and political science.
Korieh, Chima J. (Chima Jacob), 1962-

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