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Narrating the Nigerian Civil War Through Chilling Photos

War is what happens when language fails.

21st May 1968: John Downing-Tractor, a company rep, and William Blakeley, a marine manager, under guard by Nigerian Federal troops who took them hostage when they captured Port Harcourt during the Biafran War. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express
21st May 1968: John Downing-Tractor, a company rep, and William Blakeley, a marine manager, under guard by Nigerian Federal troops who took them hostage when they captured Port Harcourt during the Biafran War. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express/Getty Images
A starving Biafran family during the famine resulting from the Biafran War. (Photo by Express Newspapers
A starving Biafran family during the famine resulting from the Biafran War. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
Troops from the Nigerian Federal Army marching along a road after routing Biafran troops at Port Harcourt during the Biafran War.
Troops from the Nigerian Federal Army marching along a road after routing Biafran troops at Port Harcourt during the Biafran War. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
A federal soldier swings a hand grenade by its release pin while guarding Ibo women prisoners and their children in Nigeria, during the Biafran War
A federal soldier swings a hand grenade by its release pin while guarding Ibo women prisoners and their children in Nigeria, during the Biafran War. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Nigerian troops entering Port Harcourt, after routing Biafran troops during the Biafran War.
Nigerian troops entering Port Harcourt, after routing Biafran troops during the Biafran War. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
19th May 1968: Nigerian Federal Troops in command of Port Harcourt after routing Biafran troops, during the Biafran War.
19th May 1968: Nigerian Federal Troops in command of Port Harcourt after routing Biafran troops, during the Biafran War. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 8/7/1968-Biafra, Africa- This is military training Biafran style. These recruits go through the paces somewhere in Biafra. Nigerian spokesmen have been meeting with a delegation from secessionist Biafra in peace talks in Ethiopia in a bid to end Nigeria's 13-month-old civil war. Meanwhile starvation threatens many in beseiged Biafra.
(Original Caption) 8/7/1968-Biafra, Africa- This is military training Biafran style. These recruits go through the paces somewhere in Biafra. Nigerian spokesmen have been meeting with a delegation from secessionist Biafra in peace talks in Ethiopia in a bid to end Nigeria’s 13-month-old civil war. Meanwhile starvation threatens many in besieged Biafra.
View of a young male soldier from the Republic of Biafra crouching in a foxhole with a rifle during the Nigerian - Biafran civil war in Nigeria in August 1968. Members of the Igbo tribe rebelled in 1967 to demand a separate Republic of Biafra. The war and famine lasted until 1970, when the Biafran Republic forces surrendered to the nationalist government.
View of a young male soldier from the Republic of Biafra crouching in a foxhole with a rifle during the Nigerian – Biafran civil war in Nigeria in August 1968. Members of the Igbo tribe rebelled in 1967 to demand a separate Republic of Biafra. The war and famine lasted until 1970, when the Biafran Republic forces surrendered to the nationalist government. (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
NIGERIA - 1968: Wedding of an officer of the Ibo ethnic group during the Biafra war in 1968 in Nigeria.
NIGERIA – 1968: Wedding of an officer of the Ibo ethnic group during the Biafra war in 1968 in Nigeria. (Photo by Fondation Gilles CARON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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Cite this article as: Teslim Omipidan. (June 13, 2017). Narrating the Nigerian Civil War Through Chilling Photos. OldNaija. Retrieved from https://oldnaija.com/2017/06/13/telling-the-story-of-nigerian-civil-war-or-biafran-war-through-photos/

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