Biafra: More Help from the U.S.

Haunted by those pictures of starving children, their eyes bulging, their bodies bloated or matchstick thin, most Americans ask indignantly: Why has the U.S. not done more to relieve such suffering? The answer, of course, is that starvation has been a calculated weapon in the civil war between federal Nigeria and secessionist Biafra. The Nigerians are fearful that arms will flow into Biafra under the cover of relief shipments and therefore insist that aid be shipped in under their supervision. The Biafrans reject such terms because they fear foul play by the...

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