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Memory practices are not enough to remedy Nigeria-Biafra war injustices

By Benjamin Maiangwa, Teaching Fellow in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies, Durham University
Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba, Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg
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People return to the past for different reasons. For some, it is to recover an idea of a glorious past, a memory which may be pertinent for present and future reconstructive projects. For others, it is to seek the origins of a trauma in order to heal a wounded present.

Communities sometimes remember atrocity through practices like rendering of apology, acknowledgement of past wrongs, truth and reconciliation commissions, or Remembrance Day activities.

One example is the wearing of poppies as an international…

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