The Brutality of Nations

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The Brutality of Nations

By Dan Jacobs
Knopf, 1987
383 pp. $22.95
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In this account of the Nigerian civil war of 1968-1970 and the ensuing famine in breakaway Biafra, the author, who was actively involved in Biafra relief, blames first of all the British, in complicity with the Nigerians, for thwarting international efforts to relieve the famine, and he faults some officials in the U.S. State Department and the United Nations as well. It is a dispiriting story of how politics prevailed over the lives of starving children-a situation which occurs in refugee relief up to the present day.

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