As Biafrans worldwide are preparing to remember their fallen heroes on May 30th. One of such hero and martyr is the late Bruce Mayrock. Bruce was a 20yr old Hebrew student at Columbia university, New York, who immolate himself in front of the U.N. building while protesting against the 1967-1970 Biafra genocide.
Bruce doused himself with a flammable liquid shortly and set himself on fire on the lawn outside the U.N. building. Even when two guards chased him with fire extinguisher while engulfed in flames, Bruce eluded them, whike hundreds of horrified delegates and onlookers watched. He finally fell down to his knees and the guards extinguished the fire. He was rushed to the Belleone Hospital where he died shortly after midnight of May 30th, 1969, nine hours after he set himself ablaze.
His family said that Bruce worked actively to protest the war in Biafra, writing letters about the war to the president and leading government figures. He felt that people were being killed in Biafra and no one was doing anything about it.
His placard read “Peace is where there is an absence of fear of any kind.”, “You must stop genocide, please save nine million Biafrans”.
Bruce, you are our hero and Martyr, you will be remembered for ever by all Biafrans. You gave up your life for people you have never met. May God continue to rest your Biafran soul AND Biafra will be a Nation, and your name will forever be immortalised. Amen!