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Brian Sheen was part of a Christian Aid medical group during the Nigeria-Biafra War

Brian in Biafra

New film marks Nigerian civil war milestone

Wednesday 15 January 2020 marks the 50th anniversary since the end of Nigeria’s deadly civil war.

To mark the occasion, Christian Aid has created a moving new film about one of our war-time relief workers, Brian Sheen.

He talks vividly about his experiences in the film, which features his photographs from the war, as well as archive news footage.

The film is being screened at Lambeth Palace in London at a special Christian Aid reception marking the end of the conflict. 

You can also watch the film below. 

The Nigeria-Biafra War

The Nigeria-Biafra War was fought over the formation of the state of Biafra, made up of eastern states in Nigeria who declared their independence in May 1967.

By the time the war was over, as many as two million Biafran civilians had died of starvation, disease and injury.

Christian Aid was one of the humanitarian agencies who responded to the plight of Biafrans facing mass starvation. We sent medical teams to run clinics on the front line.

Brian Sheen travelled from Cornwall to Nigeria to work with a Christian Aid medical team in 1968.