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Vivian Ogbonna
30 September 2018
The Children
The Soldiers
The wounded soldiers were coming back to the village and telling us what was happening at the war front. They were showing us how to dodge bullets. They were carving guns with wood and giving us, teac...
Vivian Ogbonna
23 September 2018
The Soldiers
I was there, anya m wee fu zi kwa ife n’ine gaa nu because my husband was an Air Force man - Staff Sergeant Samuel Chukwu. M’ g’a si n’anyi n’abo so wee nu ya bu ogu. Because oge dii j’ano n’ihu aya g...
Vivian Ogbonna
23 September 2018
The Soldiers
I was working at Textile Mills Aba when they came and conscripted us. They just took us to Aba Sports Stadium, near Ngwa Road. The whole stadium was filled with people. We had group pictures. The one ...
Vivian Ogbonna
29 May 2018
The Children
The Biafran Airlift
The place and importance of the Biafran Airlift in the history of Sao Tome and, by extension, Portugal, cannot be over written. For almost three years that the war lasted, this small island located in...
Vivian Ogbonna
29 May 2018
The Children
The Biafran Airlift
Fifty One years ago, the Nigeria-Biafra war grabbed the world’s attention with its sad, haunting images in newspapers, magazines and television sets. Forty Eight years after it ended, the stories of t...
Vivian Ogbonna
28 May 2018
The Entertainers
  SHOWDOWN AT LIDO by Frank Onyezili  The famed Garden City, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, was reverberating with news of the arrival of the new kids on the block. The Fractions a pop music group ...
Vivian Ogbonna
25 May 2018
The Children
People used to call my father Mallam because he lived in Jos most of his life. During the pogrom it was his Hausa friends who protected him. He was half-dressed when they bundled him out of his house ...
Vivian Ogbonna
17 April 2018
The Children
Then it started. Bombs and more bombs. At a time, as early as 4 o’clock my mother would wake us up to have our bath and our breakfast, then she would pack our food and send us into the drainage. She h...
Vivian Ogbonna
17 April 2018
The Soldiers
The thing about Afia Attack is that hunger led people to take all sorts of risks.  I joined the battle to prevent Awka from falling into the hands of the Nigerian Soldiers. My unit joined the bat...
Vivian Ogbonna
13 April 2018
The Soldiers
Ojukwu never knew this until 1976 when we met in Washington DC at the reception the late Nchewi Imoke gave him. After I told him how I saved his life, he said he would like to meet Reginald whenever h...
Vivian Ogbonna
13 April 2018
The Soldiers
Before the fall of Port Harcourt in 1968, there was a long-distance shelling from the high seas. The shell was falling so rapidly on Port Harcourt and became a threat to life. Prior to this time my yo...
Vivian Ogbonna
11 April 2018
The Biafran Airlift
Relief planes are usually welcome into conflict zones, but during the Nigeria-Biafra war the planes of the Joint Church Aid were considered illegal. They were shot at and bombed by the Nigerian A...
Super User
11 April 2018
The Biafran Airlift
David Koren was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Amaogwugwu, Umuahia, between 1964 and 1966. When the Nigeria-Biafra war broke out in 1967, he accepted a call to work on the Biafran Airlift. He helped to or...
Vivian Ogbonna
01 February 2018
The Biafran Airlift
THE WORLD IS DEEP - PART TWO Barry and Larry often worked as a team, and Leo and I as a team.  On a night that Barry and Larry were flying, Leo and I were drinking with the ARCO mechanics.  ...
Vivian Ogbonna
31 January 2018
The Biafran Airlift
In October 2017, a random internet search about the Biafran Airlift led me to an article with the unusual title 'The World is Deep – Uwa Di Egwu.' It was written by David L. Koren, who was a Peace Cor...
Vivian Ogbonna
21 January 2018
The Biafran Airlift
The Biafran Airlift was the first and most massive civilian relief program in modern history. It flew 5,314 missions, lifting more than 60,000 tons of relief material and consequently saving an estima...
Vivian Ogbonna
24 December 2017
The Entertainers
Members of my family were saying, “Come back. Come back,” so I asked them, “What am I going to be doing in Biafra? Fighting?” After a lot of pressure, I decided to go back but I knew I had to earn mon...
Vivian Ogbonna
09 December 2017
Uncategorized
My book finally arrives, courtesy of the International Committee of the Red Cross. On October 4, during their ‘Ask An Archivist Day’ Facebook event, I had asked the ICRC about the Biafran children air...
Vivian Ogbonna
09 December 2017
Uncategorized
In the beginning. In March 2017 I had seen a post on Facebook announcing a conference called ‘Biafra’s Children, A Gathering of Survivors.’ I sent a message to the convener telling him about the proje...
Vivian Ogbonna
11 July 2017
The Children
As Published by documenta 14’s Press Center. The Parliament of Bodies: ‘Biafra’s Children: A Survivors’ Gathering.’ JUNE 30; 5.00-10.00 pm; Parko Eleftherias, Athens Municipality Arts Center and Museu...
Vivian Ogbonna
17 June 2017
The Soldiers
[Ben Onwuka was a former Biafran soldier who was wounded in battle. He talks about other wounded soldiers who were evacuated to Holland by the International Committee of the Red Cross for medical atte...
Vivian Ogbonna
08 June 2017
Uncategorized
On the 17th of January, 2017, Professor Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo agreed to meet with me and tell me her Biafran story.  On the 23rd of the same month, I traveled to Abakiliki in Ebonyi State to int...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Children
The Nigerian civil war is often looked at through a binary lens: The East versus the rest of Nigeria and good versus evil, depending on who is telling the story. There is hardly ever a dispassionate c...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Soldiers
I was working with the Sports Commission in Lagos when the problem started. I had to leave Lagos and go to my brother’s house at Ibadan. I was there when they killed Aguiyi Ironsi at Fajuyi’s house. O...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Children
The experience of the war was terrible. I doubt if there’s any emotional clinic one can go to wipe away those effects. No. I think we’ll live with it for the rest of our lives. We can’t escape it. As ...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Soldiers
“… I went to fetch water from the stream and noticed there was a Nigerian soldier on the other side. He was staring at me and I became afraid…I looked at him, his gun, the way he was dressed. I said i...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Medical Personnel
“I was already working at Aba General Hospital by the time the war started. They used to bring wounded soldiers, both dead and alive. One faithful day, the Nigeria soldiers threw a bomb at Eke Oha mar...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
Uncategorized
I was a teenager at the time so the war was a threshold into my twenties. That is the most impressionable time in the life of a child and the trauma hits you. You realize it’s not Indians and Cowboys....
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
Uncategorized
“Another thing that added to the difficulties of life for us was our menstruation. When your period was coming you’d be dreading it because there were no sanitary pads. What I did was cut up old wrapp...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Children
*My Biafran Eyes was published by Guernica on August 12, 2007.* “My father’s decision to stay in Yola nearly cost him his life. He was at work when one day a mob arrived. Armed with cudgels, machetes...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Medical Personnel
*Nneka talks about her mother, late Mrs. Esther Chizube Mgbojikwe, who died in April, 2016.* “My mum said many of the children in the refugee camps were separated from their families so other families...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Children
I was in primary two at St. Mary’s primary school, Umuopara, Nguru, Mbaise when the war started. Fighter jets were flying over our school and when it became unbearable, we had to go into the bush to c...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Children
As a kid, I had a privileged life. We had a fleet of cars in our garage – Cortina, Beetle and others. My mother drove me to school every day and by the age of four I was already answering phone calls....
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Entertainers
“I remember an incident that happened at Akabo when the Nigerian soldiers were trapped in Owerri town. The brigade was very close to where we were performing and the soldiers were dancing and some of ...
Vivian Ogbonna
30 May 2017
The Asaba Massacre
*My Father’s Fence was published in Medium on December 24, 2016.* “…the soldiers began firing. Many of those trying to flee were cut down as they fled. The rest of us fell to the ground in utter hopel...

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