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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War

10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
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The 1967 Nigerian civil war, better known as the Biafra War, began as a result of the Igbos ' decision to break out of Nigeria. The Easterners felt isolated from the Nigerian government over which the Northerners were dominant.

During the war, quite a number of things happened that some of the media organizations in Nigeria did not aire or publish. There are so many details which have never been revealed about the Biafrans.

So many pictures of fallen soldiers and extremely hungry Nigerian children flooded the west communities media.

Find below some of the thought-provoking pictures of the Biafran war of 1967:

1) A Wounded Biafran Soldier on a Makeshift Stretcher 

A Wounded Biafran Soldier on a Makeshift Stretcher

A picture of a wounded Nigerian soldier being carried by his fellow soldiers on a bicycle. Fighting is such a distasteful case. The soldier could not even get a proper stretcher to help wheel him to treatment at the hospital.

2)Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu Inspecting Newly Recruited Officers Into the Biafran Army
10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu Inspecting Newly Recruited Officers Into the Biafran Army

 Nationalist and Armed  Governor Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu inspecting some of the newly recruited officers in 1968. This has been during the war's tensed weather. Most teens were drafted into the army without prior training and made to face war.


3)  Starvation and Malnutrition Confronts Biafran Children
10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
Starvation and Malnutrition Confronts Biafran Children

One of the unfortunate effects of the war is this. The Nigerian government has suspended the export to the East of relief materials such as food, medicines and all other basic amenities. The idea was initiated by Chief Obafemi Awolowo who was the finance commissioner and one of the head of state's advisers. Sad to note, the then Biafran Nation's poor children suffered the fierce whip of a war they hadn't orchestrated.

4) Biafra residents Flee Their Homes For Safety
10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
Biafra residents Flee Their Homes For Safety

 Cross-section of Nigerians who fled their homes in 1968 after they felt the heavy blow of the war. The society they once knew was no longer free, their homes had become a death trap for them. Fear and survival instinct overwhelmed the sense of entitlement. Even if their freedom would cost them, they had to escape to a safer world.

5) Young Nigerian Displays An Act of Humanity 
10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
Young Nigerian Displays An Act of Humanity 

A young Nigerian wounded was rescued by a fellow Nigerian from the danger zone. It became glaring that the struggle against humanity was not between Nigerian troops and the Secessionist group.

Humanity takes precedence over faith, race, language, community or social status. That is a theory as old as the very creation itself. We all preach it but it was practiced during the war by this anonymous Nigerian.

6) A Biafran soldier With Grenade on his head
10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
A Biafran soldier With Grenade on his head

 A Biafran soldier carries a sophisticated and delicate weapon that the French government supplied in 1968. It was rumored during the war that the French Government was throwing their weight behind the Biafra secessionist group. Nevertheless, the French government disclosed their reasons for supporting Biafran during the war in another article that circulated online. We claimed it was not for the Biafra State breakaway. According to a memo for African and Malagasy Affairs issued by the French Secretary-General, Jean Mauricheau-Beaupre stated that France was funding Biafra because of Oil and ERAP.

7) The Biafran Army and Women in Search of Food
10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
The Biafran Army and Women in Search of Food

 The Government of Nigeria refused to continue sending relief supplies to the Igbos when the fighting became violent in 1968. Biafrans had to walk hundreds of miles in search of food which made them vulnerable to Nigerian troop attacks.

8) Commander Adekunle Benjamin Leads Nigerian troops In Port Harcourt 
10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
Commander Adekunle Benjamin Leads Nigerian troops In Port Harcourt 

Nigerian army troops, headed by Commander Benjamin Adekunle, take a look at the Port Harcourt map. The Nigerian troops were seeking a strategic way to enter the city of Port Harcourt during the 1968 war to take possession of it from the Biafran forces.

9) Nigerian troops advance The Nigerian armored car
10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
Nigerian troops advance The Nigerian armored car

 forces attacked the city of Biafra with an armored car in the Biafra Region. People with a big penchant for war movies would know the nefarious job this gun can do. Nothing ever survives on the ground destroyed by that armored car.

Sad to say, the above photo was not taken during the making of the movies.

10) A Biafran Culture Reduced to Dust
10 Thought Provoking Pictures From The Biafran War
A Biafran Culture Reduced to Dust

 If only one could reach the community's picture during the good old days preceding battle. A whole village was reduced to dust, war had turned a once lively and bubbling city into a desert.

You have some thought-provoking images of the Civil War in there. Those who fail to learn from history will repeat it once again. It is expedient for all Nigerians to begin preaching peace and not war, to impose unity and not secession.

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