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The Biafran War

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 20 January 2013

The Biafran war ended in January 1970. It had lasted for almost 3 years and split Nigeria. The word Biafra had become synonymous with famine and suffering. Ben Okafor was 12 years old when the fighting started. He fled his hometown with his family, worked in a refugee camp and even volunteered as a child soldier. Hear his memories of the failed bid for Biafran independence.
Photo: Ben Okafor - credit Harald Haugan.

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