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, Massacres, Uraih, Medua Chuma

Abstract

Oral history interview with Medua Uraih, a survivor of the Asaba Massacre, a mass killing of civilians which occurred in 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War. Uraih, who was twenty when the massacre took place, had been attending school in Asaba before the war started. When the Nigerian soldiers entered the city, he and his family were taken to his school for a few days, then allowed to return home. They were part of the crowd that went to the town square to welcome the troops; the men were separated and taken away to be shot. Uraih was wounded but managed to escape with a friend. He then hid in the bush for a week. His father and two brothers were killed in the massacre. The soldiers remained in Asaba for several weeks; some stayed in the Uraih home. Uraih left Asaba in 1968 and got a job in Lagos. In this interview, he also comments on why the massacre took place.

Physical Information

1 sound file (29 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (19 p.)