Ugo Pascal Onumonu F'18

Ugo Pascal Onumonu

Department of History
University of Ibadan

African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships 2018
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
University of Ibadan
The Experience of Oru-Igbo in Handling the Internally Displaced Persons during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 to 1970

The Nigerian civil war of 1967 to 1970 came with severe challenges that attracted the attention of the global community. As a result of the humanitarian crisis during the war, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across Biafra migrated to Oru-Igbo via her borders in search of sanctuary. Due to the nature of Oru-Igbo's topography, coupled with its assorted water bodies, which supported food supply and security, the area became a haven for the Biafran IDPs. The historical approach was adopted in this study. Primary and secondary sources were utilized. Data were subjected to historical analysis. The IDPs were absorbed and integrated into the existing households of Oru-Igbo which automatically prevented social discriminations, crisis of identity and destitution. The work examined mechanism used in handling the IDPs. The IDPs in Oru-Igbo were productive and did not constituent nuisance to their host community during the war.