The Government in the Ivory Coast is seriously thinking about the future of some 900 Biafran children brought to the country during the Nigerian civil war.
The Government in the Ivory Coast is seriously thinking about the future of some 900 Biafran children brought to the country during the Nigerian civil war. At present they are being cared for in three refugee camps, but following negotiations with the Nigerian Government it now seems likely they will be sent back to the former war zone.
The Ivory Coast camps are run by the International Red Cross. One is on the outskirts of the capital, Abidjan, another a few miles away and the third well into the country's interior.
The children were airlifted into the Ivory Coast on mercy flights which run the gauntlet of the Nigerian Government's blockage of Biafra. Many of them were suffering from malnutrition and other effects of the civil war. They were cared for in Red Cross hospitals and taught in schools set up within the camps.
Now the Government is seriously considering the position of the refugees. Gabon, another country which housed refugees during the war, is reported to be considering sending the children back to the former war zone. Indications are that the Ivory Coast may soon do the same.