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Title:Counting the cost: the politics of relief operations in the Nigerian civil war, a critical appraisal
Author:Nwoko, Kenneth Chukwuemeka
Periodical:African Study Monographs (ISSN 0285-1601)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Nigerian-Biafran War
humanitarian assistance
Red Cross
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/2433/193254
Abstract:This study examines the role of international humanitarian organizations and the politics of relief operations during the Nigerian Civil War. It investigates the nexus between the politicization of humanitarian operations during the three-year conflict, and the death, hunger and starvation of millions of Biafrans. The study explores how the triangular politics among the Federal Military Government of Nigeria, the Biafran authorities, and the humanitarian organizations, in particular, the International Committee of the Red Cross impacted on the women, children and the elderly in Biafra. The author argues that the issue of sovereignty was only a cover to politicize the relief assistance going to Biafra and consequently abort the operations, thus, serving as a war strategy for both the Nigerian and Biafran authorities. [Journal abstract]