“There has been genocide, for example on the occasion of the 1966 massacres … Two areas have suffered badly [from the fighting]. Firstly the region between the towns of Benin and Asaba where only widows and orphans remain, Federal troops having for unknown reasons massacred all the men. According to eyewitnesses of that massacre the Nigerian commander ordered the execution of every Ibo male over the age of ten years.” Monsignor Georges (sent down on a fact-finding mission by His holiness the Pope), Le Monde (French Evening newspaper) April 5, 1968.
“… 650 refugee camps… contained about 700,000 haggard bundles of human flotsam waiting hopelessly for a meal, outside the camps… was the reminder of an estimated four and a half to five million displaced persons… the Kwasiokor scourge… a million and half children… suffer(ed) from it during January; that put the forecast death toll at another 300,000 children… More than the pogroms of 1966, more than the war casualties, more than the terror bombings, it was the experience of watching helplessly their children waste away and die that gave birth to… a deep and unrelenting loathing… It is a feeling that will one day reap a bitter harvest unless… ” (Frederick Forsyth, Umuahia, Biafra January 1969)
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media