– The civil war which saw the Nigerian federal troops opposing Biafra secessionist fighting for independence is estimated to
have killed between one and two milllion people
– Most of the dead are said to have died from hunger and disease, from 1967 to 1970 in south-eastern Nigeria
in the photos below brings you images from the 30 months fratricidal war that engulfed Nigeria some 50 years ago.
Moise, 14 (L) and Ferdinand, 16 (R), two children soldiers of the Biafran army during a discussion in Umuahia on August 31, 1968.
During the Biafran war, civilians unload a ferry that carries relief between Calabar and Oron on September 09, 1968
In the photo, Biafran children can be seen sitting in a plane chartered by the International Red Cross (ICRC) and humanitarian
organisation “Terre des Hommes”. The plane transported them to Libreville, Gabon, on October 02, 1968 after their evacuation from Biafra.
Photo of a wounded Nigerian army soldier being carried by his comrades on the pannier rack of a bicycle on December 07, 1968
in the bush at Ekim near Itu, during the war.
A Nigerian solider wounded in the neck being carried by his comrades
Below is a picture of wounded soldiers of the Nigerian Federal Army while waiting for a plane that will transport them to Port
Harcourt for treatment on December 11, 1968 in Urua Inyang, during the war.
Here is a picture of wounded soldiers of the Nigerian Federal Army while waiting for a plane that will transport them to Port
Harcourt for treatment.
On July 24, 1967, European families prepare to be evacuated by boat from Port Harcourt during the war.
A photo of young militia women of the civil defence during a parade at a military training on August 17, 1967, in Enugu
The photo below shows Biafran prisoners and civilians wait at the federal camp of Nakurdi on November 01, 1967 in Enugu after
fightings during the Biafran war.
Two Nigerian federal army officers after their execution by the Biafran army, on July 02, 1968 during the war.
Starving children pose in a refugee camp near Aba, on August 06, 1968 during the Biafran war
In the photo below, Nigerian federal army soldiers (R), prisoners of the Biafran army, wait to be questioned, on August 08, 1968
Photo of civilians fleeing Aba to go to Umuahia on August 28, 1968 as the Nigerian federal troops advance toward the city
during the Biafran war.