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Leaving Lagos, and remembering why we’re here

June 28, 2010

From Liz Bird

During our visit to Nigeria, we’re hoping to learn as much about the people and culture as we can. But the central focus is to make progress on the Asaba Memorial project, which is described on this blog, as well as on our project website, We hope to return to the U.S. with more interviews from survivors and witnesses to the 1967 massacres. And we also hope to develop partnerships with colleagues at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, so that we can write a grant proposal to create a permanent memorial. We’re envisaging some kind of museum exhibit , to tell the story of the massacre and provide an educational and economic resource for the town.

We’re grateful to the people who have already shared their stories, such as Mr. Chris Mkpayah, who told us in Lagos how he joined the parade to welcome the federal troops, surviving the machine gun fire while hundreds died around him. Here is a short clip of his account.

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  1. Stella permalink
    December 11, 2011 8:11 pm

    Words cannot express my gratitude for the work you are doing for humanity. It is very imperative that the Asaba massacre or genocide as it was referred to during the Nigerian civil war is properly documented and the victims finally recognised and honoured.This would ensure that such callous brutal aggression on civilians by soldiers never happen again.
    I thank you for your time and taking the effort to properly shed light on this dark side of Nigerian history.

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