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Shadow of Nigeria’s Biafra war still looms large, 50 years on

By France 24
02 Sep 2017   |   3:27 am   |   15m 50s
On May 30, 1967, General Emeka Ojukwu declared Nigeria’s southeastern Biafra region an independent state, sparking what would become a bloody civil war that claimed more than one million lives. Fifty years on, many veterans from both sides of the conflict have taken their stories to the grave, but FRANCE 24 managed to meet with some who shared their memories of bravery, desertion and near-death experiences.


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