On this day, July 6th 1967, The Biafran War commenced.
Soldiers During the Biafran War

In 1960, Nigeria gained independence from Britain. Six years later, the Muslim Hausas in northern Nigeria began massacring the Christian Igbos in the region, prompting tens of thousands of Igbos to flee to the east, where their people were the dominant ethnic group. The Igbos doubted that Nigeria’s oppressive military government would allow them to develop, or even survive, so on May 30, 1967, Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu and other non-Igbo representatives of the area established the Republic of Biafra, comprising several states of Nigeria.

After diplomatic efforts by Nigeria failed to reunite the country, war between Nigeria and Biafra broke out in July 1967. Ojukwu’s forces made some initial advances, but Nigeria’s superior military strength gradually reduced Biafran territory. The state lost its oil fields—its main source of revenue—and without the funds to import food, an estimated one million of its civilians died as a result of severe malnutrition. On January 11, 1970, Nigerian forces captured the provincial capital of Owerri, one of the last Biafran strongholds, and Ojukwu was forced to flee to the Ivory Coast. Four days later, Biafra surrendered to Nigeria.

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    On July 6th 1967, The horrific civil Biafran War commenced. let us never forget.
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    NOTHING in the intervening 6 years happened. Igbos didn’t kill every major Northern Politician and Soldier. Igbos didn’t...
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    Need to back to history n get it right no sentiment attached
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    My father and (I think) his father along with my grandfather on my mom’s side all fought in this war. My mother and her...
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    hey my dad fought in this war.