In a story I read recently, the Republic of Biafra and some of the atrocities commited upon it by Nigeria was mentioned. I had never heard of it (the only Biafra I had ever heard of was Jello Biafra), and thought maybe it was fictional. I did a quick search on the name, and buried under a few Jello Biafra sites, I found some pages that had some interesting information about this short-lived nation.
I’m surprised that I lived 28 years before finding out about it, it was never mentioned in any of my history books. I’m sure most of the info I have read is biased, but it seems like it was a fairly progressive (by African standards, at least) nation, and I’m surprised that the U.S. did not help them in their war with Nigeria, especially since Nigeria exterminated over a million people there with the aid of the Soviets.
I’m guessing that it had a lot to do with the conflict in Vietnam at the same time, by the time the Igbo people were being exterminated Americans were sick of getting involved in foreign wars, and the fact that the people getting slaughtered were black probably had quite a bit to do with it. Why does this seemingly important bit of African history been ignored?