Bruce Mayrock was a 20 year old student of Columbia University.
He set himself on fire in front of the United Nations Building to protest the atrocities that were being unleashed on the people of Biafra at the height of the civil war. He was carrying a placard on which he wrote ” You must stop the genocide. Please save 9 Million Biafrans”.
At the bottom of the sign , a quotation read, ” peace is where there is an absence of any kind”
He came from a very wealthy family, having descended from the Fortunoffs. His family stated that he had worked actively to protest the war in Biafra, writing letters about the war to the US President and other leading Government figures.
In utter frustration and desolation that no one appeared to be listening, he decided to draw the attention of the world to the Biafran plight the only way he felt he could…. by sacrificing his own life.
Someone once said that the prices are so high that they can only be paid in blood.
May he continue to rest in peace.
By Ikenna Ronald Nzimora