Finally An Opportunity to Talk About Biafra
Chimamanda Adichie's new book Half of A Yellow Sun is a Biafra Story. I can't wait to read it and review it. The Biafran War is something that still invokes emotion and political strife in Nigeria. It has been described by some as genocide. Many of us also grew up hearing stories from our parents and relatives about what and what did not happen during the war. As I was told my parents met during the war when my dad was a soldier and my mom a Red Cross 'Nurse Eliza' (I guess that's what they call volunteer because she was not a certified nurse) What stories have you been told or do you remember. I am sure you have great ones. Don't hold back because you feel you don't want to sound or be seen as tribalistic ( because I know we were not all told the same stories or in the same way). While we are at it, do you think Nigeria has really dealt with this 'ugly' past and what should be done because it remains the invisible elephant in the living room, especially where politics is concerned. How should the future generation deal with this issue as well. Do we ignore it, pretend that it did not happen or do we consider it as one of the casualties that we had to experience to have a 'ONE' Nigeria. Is 'ONE' Nigeria a realistic or a mere utopia. Below are some pictures from 'The Biafran War' that I found online. What do these images invoke. For me it's practically Darfur in a previous century. I would like to here what you smart and witty readers have to say. Let's start a dialogue or discussion here my friends or is Biafra too sensitive to be discussed?
Here are some links and stories online on Biafra
Phillip Emeagwali's Reflections on Biafra
Fred Cuny's Disaster Relief Analysis and Pictures
Global Security Biafra Background
The Civil War: Nigeria Vs Biafra
Surviving Biafra Photos