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Preludes to the Nigerian Genocide

Onyia Chukwuma Human Rights Genocide-029Chukwuma Onyia, associate director of the Genocide Prevention in Africa Initiative, joined the HWS Human Rights and Genocide Symposium lecture series with his talk “Nigeria: Re-Conceptualizing and Defining History.”

Based at the Genocide Prevention Program at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Onyia works in conflict mapping and resolution. His work has initiated the Genocide Prevention Network, which fosters engagement among interfaith and state leaders across West Africa. Within the Network, his work is focused on genocide prevention and capacity building.

Onyia’s presentation, based on his paper “Re-Conceptualizing the Preludes to the Events of 1967-70 in Nigeria: Civil War or Genocide,” was held in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

“We look forward to confronting new and valuable subjects and broadening our worldview through this uniquely important presentation,” says Sarah Walters ’19, who helped organize the symposium.

The Human Rights and Genocide Symposium was initiated and has been sustained by generous grants from Dr. Edward Franks ’72.

The symposium seeks to improve understanding of all life-annihilation processes inherent in our modern world and to help participants learn more about the circumstances under which life-destruction processes tend to focus on specific groups in events known as genocide.