A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 26, 1970

CORRESPONDENTS who have been covering West Africa describe the chaotic conditions there with the acronym WAWA, meaning "West Africa Wins Again." To the newsmen scrambling to cover the sudden collapse of the breakaway state of Biafra, last week was WAWA and then some. At the moment of victory for Nigeria, the nearest TIME Correspondent was James Wilde, 1,000 miles away in Kinshasa, the Congo. He could just as well have been on the moon. Defeated by bureaucracy and the vagaries of travel in Africa, Wilde was forced to assess the situation on the...

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