As Biafrans the world over celebrate their Heroes Day, remembering the vital role Ireland played becomes necessary, hence the article below:
(Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Features, Issue 3 (Autumn 2000), Volume 8)
That last January saw the thirtieth anniversary of the end of an African civil war and that this moment passed without comment in Ireland seems at first glance an unremarkable statement. But this was no run-of-the-mill conflict on a continent which has endured more than its share of such tragedies. The war which erupted in Nigeria in 1967, when its eastern region seceded, was to resonate across the world producing an emotional outpouring in Ireland unequalled by the response to any foreign civil conflict between that of Spain in the 1930s and Yugoslavia in our own time.