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May 30, 2000 will mark the 33rd anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Biafra. Barely two months later, a scorched-earth military campaign was unleashed by the Nigerian military junta in Lagos to subdue the nascent republic. Biafran war was one of the early manifestations of the wicked postcolonial policies of Britain in Africa. With an arsenal of modern weapons from Britain and ex-Soviet Union, the junta in Lagos was able to effect a total blockade on Biafra for the duration of the 30-month war. Millions of Biafrans were displaced from their communities and were forced to eke out a living in refugee camps with little help from outside. Starvation and hunger were utilized by the policy makers in Lagos to subdue the Biafran will to resist massive onslaughts that were orchestrated from land, sea and air.

Survivors of that mayhem, the generality of Ndiigbo, ex-Biafrans and well wishers will organize various activities in all parts of the world to remember their struggle to live free in their own nation. This year’s activities will include church services, lectures and cultural shows to remember and honor those who perished in Biafra more than 30 years ago. The occasion shall also be used to pray for peace in Nigeria and elsewhere where civil strife still bring misery to millions.

The BMP Committee is determined to ensure that never again shall our people be subjected to the indignities that are reminiscent of the dark days of the Biafran war. There will be annual commemoration of Biafran Independence worldwide. An anniversary committee shall coordinate future events to ensure fuller participation in this solemn annual event in Nigeria and the Diaspora.

Osondu
The Survival Struggle for Ndiigbo

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