Nigeria: A Boost Before the Talks

On the eve of peace talks scheduled for Addis Ababa this week, Nigerian federal forces launched a fresh drive against secessionist Biafra. From north and south, the federals were last week pushing toward the center of the breakaway state, determined either to finish off Lieut. Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu's regime or at least improve their bargaining position for the talks.

Once again, thousands of civilians took to the roads and the bush, fleeing before the new offensive, and towns like Aba, Owerri and Umuahia were choked with the homeless, the destitute and the starving. Yet somehow the Biafrans continued to hold...