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January 18, 2021

‘And Starvation is the Grim Reaper’: the American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive and the Genocide Question During the Nigerian Civil War, 1968-70

By Brian McNeil

‘And Starvation is the Grim Reaper’: the American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive and the Genocide Question During the Nigerian Civil War, 1968-70 (2014) argues that the American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive offered a redefinition of genocide that wedded conceptions of Biafran identity to the Biafran state. McNeil explains that this redefinition of genocide failed to unit Americans towards supporting Biafran secession and could have led to more confusion about genocide during the conflict.

McNeil, Brian. “‘And Starvation is the Grim Reaper’: the American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive and the Genocide Question during the Nigerian Civil War, 1968-70.” Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 16, no. 2-3 (2014), 317-336.