The Biafra Story: The Making of an African Legend

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    This stunning narrative
    marked the turning point in the writing career of Frederick Forsyth, who
    subsequently wrote The Dogs of War and The Day of the Jackal.
    Previously, Forsyth had been a journalist but his book on Biafra marked
    his remarkable debut as an author. Largely forgotten today, Biafra was a
    breakaway province of Nigeria and the scene of a bloody civil war in
    the 1960s. Biafra’s population largely consisted of the minority Ibo
    people, who were in revolt against Nigeria’s majority Hausa and Fulani
    people. While the world community today looks with more favor on
    secessionist regimes, in the 1960s, both East and West united against
    Biafra, with only France providing assistance to the rebels.Biafra’s
    defeat was followed by a series of massacres by both official and
    mutinous Nigerian troops, further compounded by disease and famine. This
    disturbing work has been unavailable for 20 years, but now has come
    back into print when its relevance to a world of civil wars and ethnic
    cleansing is greater than ever. This narrative of Third World civil
    strife and Great Power duplicity is made even more compelling by the
    skills of a master storyteller.


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