AUTHORS: ORABUEZE, F. O., OKOYE TINA and OGBAZI, IFEYINWA
FROM: THE DIGNITY OF A FRENCH TEACHER: CELEBRATING PROF. JULIE AGBASIERE
The Nigerian Civil War which was fought between the federal military government and the Biafran rebels between July, 1969 and January, 1970 has generated a plethora of literature. Critical evaluation of these literary works has taken different perspectives. However, this essay takes a legalistic method that uses Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo’s very recent novel, Roses and Bullets, to address the compliance or non-compliance of the war to the principles of international humanitarian law. It examines the fate of combatants, wounded, sick and dead soldiers in the world of the novel. It equally scrutinizes the life of the civilian population, particularly the women, children and refugees, who are caught in the conflict. The role of the medical personnel and international humanitarian bodies are examined as well as the punishment meted out to the perpetrators of abduction, rape, torture, cruel and inhuman treatment that violate the laws of the nations.
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