Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

December 2009

Creation Date

2009-12-14

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, Ojogwu, Peter

Abstract

Oral history interview with Peter Ojogwu, a survivor of the Asaba Massacre, a mass killing of civilians which occurred in 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War. Ojogwu, who was a teenager when the massacre took place, had been attending school in Asaba. He, his brother, and three cousins were part of a group that encountered some federal soldiers who took them to the town square. When the men were separated from the women and children, Ojogwu realized that something was wrong. As the soldiers started firing, Ojogwu collapsed on the ground and was wedged in by other people's bodies. He was wounded in several places but was able to get out of the square when it got dark and was taken to his grandmother's house. His brother and two cousins were killed. In this interview, Ojogwu also comments on the massacre's effects on the Asaba community.

Physical Information

1 sound file (33 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (17 p.)