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    During the Biafran war in 1968, the federal troops cordoned off Biafra land which caused a big food shortage. The civilian population started starving to death, massively.

    Israeli volunteer pilots would load food and medicines, then fly them into Biafra land at night!

    There were no airports, so the Biafrans would clear a forest to form a mini runway and light it up with candles, the Israeli pilots will then attempt the impossible night landing just to drop food and drugs.

    If the candles are too bright, the federal troops will spot it, ambush the pilot and shoot him down. If they are too faint, the pilot won’t be able to see it from the skies.

    If the pilots came during the day, Egyptian pilots hirec by the federal troops will usually chase them and shoot them down while in Biafran airspace.

    One of those pilots was a man called Abi Nathan, a former Israeli Air Force pilot and later peace activist, while another bore the name Arnon Barak.

    If you are wondering why some Biafrans today support Israel in everything! It’s not necessarily about religion, it is because they came to their aid when they had nothing to gain from it.

    Sometimes, when such planes landed at night, Biafran nursing mothers will run to the plane, toss their toddler into the cockpit, and run away into the darkness. They wanted the pilot to adopt the baby so that the baby will survive since they too may probably die.

    Credit: Dave Partner.

    In addition, there are Igbo Jews. These are members of the Igbo people of Nigeria who practice a form of Judaism.

    Over the past few decades, several Igbo have emigrated to Israel, particularly to Tel Aviv. This wave of immigration can partially be explained by a small diaspora which was established in Israel when Nigeria was granted independence in 1960.

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