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Biafra By Phillip Brown Mr Bill Maher History-114 Biafra A People Betrayed by Kurt Vonnegut Jr explains the end of the short-lived Republic of Biafra In the article the Biafrans were portrayed as people fighting for their survival and in complete awe and knowledge of what was about to happen to them Genocide Complete and utter genocide although it never came neither did the peace freedom and first world life that it tried to achieve Throughout the article Vonnegut uses sarcasm to illustrate his points At the beginning of the article Vonnegut wrote It had a few friends in this world referring to Biafra and among its active enemies were Russia and Great Britain Its enemies were pleased to call it a tribe Some tribe Some tribe is right The Biafrans were people of prosperity They were Doctors lawyers merchants poets and more In the inner context Vonnegut shows the concept of the other General Ojukwu jokingly states They call us a dot on the map and nobody is sure quite where Vonnegut replies with Inside that dot were 700 lawyers 500 physicians 300 engineers 8 million poets 2 novelist of the first rank and God only knows what else- about one third of all the black intellectuals in Africa Some dot This statement infers that the Biafrans know what is going to happen and can do nothing about it Vonnegut goes on to write later referring to the retreat of the Biafran intellectuals back to their homelands The dot has now vanished Hey presto Vonnegut implies that instead of joking about the dot is very improper Oh well too late is Vonneguts view In the closing statements of this article Vonnegut wrote The Biafrans had never fought before
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