Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

December 2009

Creation Date

2009-12-13

Publisher Information

Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center

Keywords

Asaba (Nigeria), Civil War, 1967-1970, Crimes against humanity, Igeh, Frank, Massacres, Medical caren Red Cross Society, Red Cross and Red Crescent

Abstract

Oral history interview with Frank Igeh, a survivor of the Asaba Massacre, a mass killing of civilians which occurred in 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War. Igeh was a member of the Nigerian Red Cross Society. The year before the war started, he trained in Benin City and then returned to Asaba, his hometown. In October 1967, he was the only Red Cross officer in the city. When the federal troops entered the city and started looting, he and his family were hiding. As the soldiers got to their house, Igeh put on his uniform and asked the soldiers to take him to their officer, who told them to leave him alone. Igeh recruited other people to help him and set up a clinic in his house to treat the wounded. He and his assistants also buried many of the dead. Igeh later moved his clinic to St. Patrick's College to treat refugees there and made clandestine reports to the Red Cross. Three members of his family were killed in the massacre, and his mother died shortly afterwards.

Physical Information

1 sound file (47 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (19 p.)