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Memorandum for the Record, Washington, February 15, 1970

US Government State Department


Washington, February 15, 1970

National Security Staffer Richard Kennedy reported on his Nigerian visit from January 26 to February 5. He stated that there was widespread malnutrition in the former Biafran enclave but it varied from village to village. There was enough food, but insufficient transportation. Organization of the relief effort was all but chaotic. The attitude of the Embassy seemed to be somewhat “business as usual.” He saw a conflict between the Embassy's desire for good relations and an expanded relief operation.

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 742, Country Files, Africa, Nigeria, Vol. I. Secret; NODIS.

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