Title: BLOOD AT NOON
Author: NNAEMEKA NWANKWO OKERE
Genre: Prose (Non-fiction)
Publisher: BRIGHTOO GLOBAL CONCEPT
Year of Publication: 2016
Reviews: Bloodshed Doesn’t End Wars – Okere
BLOOD AT NOON chronicles the bombing of Afor-Umuohiagu market during the Nigeria civil war. According to the author, “The market was bombed at the peak of activity on February 7, 1969. Little did the people who were looking for ways to break away from the jaws of hunger know that death was hovering around. Afor-Umuohiagu market was repeatedly and remorselessly raped like a hapless whore with thighs parted wide and feet tied to stakes.” The book looks at the violation of the Geneva Convention on the rules of engagements in the course of war. It also frowns at the way the vulnerable were used as bargaining power to end wars that they knew nothing about.
Excerpts from the book:
“The planes hovered low circling the perimeter of the market square. The pilots could be seen
laughing as though it was an air show from which they derived immense pleasure. Most of the people were caught in a stampede, a few stood around to wave wondering at the skills of white pilots diving and maneuvering with dexterity. Suddenly they opened their cargo bay and the bombs started falling, coming down like eggs dropped from planet hell. Every inch of the market became a battle ground with canon fire and rocket explosions. For nearly one hour, Afor-Umuohiagu was strafed, burnt. Bodies and body parts littered the entire square, most of them buried in deep bomb crates and trenches.
Though the gorges swallowed the bulk of the smoke, there were enough toxic fumes to go round. The attendant stench and, dust lingered on for weeks and months.
The reek in the air did not diminish even after the first rains followed Nigeria’s terror attack on a harmless, unsuspecting communal market. The choking smell of death was so gross that even the vultures stayed away.
When the tears subsided, it would be a long time before the tears dried, over 1,200 people lay entombed in Afor-Umuohiagu market. The many who lost their lives eventually became a sub-group of the war statistics; a part of the nearly one million Biafrans killed to keep Nigeria one”.
“In these days of agitation and political upheavals, Nnameka Nwankwo Okere provides a gripping factual account of landmines that are still active in many parts of the eastern states of Nigeria – remnants of the Nigerian Civil War (Biafran war). His book focuses on the events of February 1969 when over a thousand lives were lost in massive explosions that rocked the Afor-Umohiagu Market in present Imo State, and how the pictures of dead bodies littered around the market reminded the world of the dastardly events of the Second World War. Most troubling though is the fact that according to the writer, many of these land mines are still active, and could cause significant harm to the population across many villages and towns in the eastern states in Nigeria. Okere’s book ‘Blood at Noon” is a must-read for students of Nigerian history as well as all those interested in learning more about the events of the Nigerian Civil War and the impact it had on the lives of the common man. The book reads like a well-constructed TV documentary with pictures and contributions from the people who were impacted by these events. Our Editors are pleased to extend a rating of 8/10 for the deep historical perspective and creative use of storytelling, history and “documentary”. – Bebetterbook.biz
“I spent my Saturday morning reading “Blood at Noon” by my good friend Nnaemeka Nwankwo Okere. It’s quite an interesting read. It explores the midday bombing of Afor-Umuohiagu market by Nigerian troops during the civil war. It is a reflection of how low man can go to score cheap points. The author though not born at the time, has done some good research and captured the voice of the voiceless.
He has filled in some blank spaces in the narrative about the civil war. In a country where history has been removed from the educational system, the book provides insight to the young generation who have no idea of our sordid past. It is also a call to history scholars and other academics to use this material as a launch pad to dig deeper into other silent stories in various communities. Bravo Mr. Nnaemeka!” – Namse Udosen
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