War Air Raid 1969
The heavy and frequent bombing attacks on Biafrans in the year 1969 left over 30,000 people dead.
Biafra officially the Republic of Biafra was a sanctuary secessionist state in West Africa that existed from May 30, 1967 to January 1970.
Igbo Killing Trail, Biafran War Air Raid on Afo Umuohiagu Marketplace 1969
The Igbos fearing for their lives which 30,000 were killed under the Nigerian government, on May 30, 1967, Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu and along with others established the Republic of Biafra, comprising several states of Nigeria. With a population of over 14 million living in a small area of land, they finally had an undisputed homeland of their own.
In a 1967 article published by the Government of the Republic of Biafra, it was stated, “It is this calculated and systematic persecution of Biafrans in the former Federation of Nigeria that has driven us to seek justice and salvation in independence.
Molested, taunted, hounded, murdered and finally driven away from other parts of Nigeria, Biafrans have been compelled to acknowledge that close association with Fulani-Hausa is fraught with disaster. We have therefore taken up the challenge to our liberty and dedicated ourselves to the struggle for our survival.”
After diplomatic efforts by Nigeria failed to reunite the country, war between Nigeria and Biafra broke out in July 1967. Biafran war also known as the Nigerian civil war was one of Africa's bloodiest post-independence conflicts.
The Biafra Igbo proverb is used when one is being warned against misplacing his or her trust or taking things for granted.
'It is our own, it is our own' that helped the Hausas to kill us in Afo Umuohiagu market.