Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Enugu Massacre: KC Reports from Biafra: Conversations with Naomi

An email arrived this morning from my friend KC of Biafraland in the South East of Nigeria. In a previous interview, Conversations with Naomi: My Biafran Friend we were able to "peek into a Biafran's frame of mind at this critical juncture when Biafra seeks to secede from Nigeria.."

Today's email from KC to Naomi
April 26, 2016
Good Day Madam, Have you seen this news?

Armed Fulani-herdsmen
Fulani herdsman
KC: The Fulani herdsmen are the same people that have been causing mayhem in all parts of Nigeria and has now gone to our land to burn churches and kill our people with no arrest at all!

These are Buhari blood relations because he's Fulani too and Fulani herdsmen are the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world but not one is arrested, they kill and go free!
Someone claimed on twitter that yesterday as the attack was going on in our land the governor of Enugu state in Biafraland placed a call to the president but no reply from him. The police couldn't even stop the herdsmen from killing our people because they are answerable to Inspector General of Police and the president, not the state Governor!

Personally I have written off Nigeria! To me it doesn't exist again and I think the only option now is to fight for survival because Buhari and his brothers are out to Islamize our people and take our lands by at all cost!

Naomi: KC, I would like to ask a few important questions. First of all, how organized is IPOB?

KC: As you know, IPOB stands for Indigenous People of Biafra, the owners of the Biafraland and its resources. We have a well organized hierarchy. As you know, our leader Nnamdi Kanu is currently in detention but our Deputy Director Uche Mefor doubles as the Director of Radio Biafra and the Director of IPOB in the absence of our Leader Nnamdi Kanu.

Naomi:  Is there anything in place for self-defense?

KC: Right now nothing is in place for self-defense! The Fulani herdsmen are fighting for our lands and the president, Buhari, is also Fulani by tribe so he has decided to close his eyes on the atrocities of his Kinsmen. We the Biafrans see them as an Islamist Army in disguise as herdsmen! The Nigerian government kept their eyes closed as the Fulani herdsmen killed yesterday in Enugu!

I attached my tweet to you today to bring to your notice that it is alleged that the Nigerian government was complicit in the defense of its herdsmen and this has been the case since the present government came to power especially against Christians and Biafrans. The Fulani herdsmen kills and destroys without reproach, to them and the present government their cattle are more important than human beings.

Naomi: Is there any country or entity that will intervene to assist? 

KC: We are not sure of any country that will intervene in our situation because the Nigerian government has paid them off to keep silent about Biafra. Amnesty International and United Nations that we hoped on has all turned their eyes against us. 

The world knows Biafrans as unique people and with the assistance of Britain they have kept us in perpetual subjugation until today under the Muslim North, which they used to kill us during the Biafran-Nigerian civil war.

We pray that as the Americans goes to the polls they will elect a leader that will look into our plights.

We also believe that Israel will come to aid in all forms both by lobbying for recognition of Biafra as a Sovereign State in the United Nations and by supporting the struggle militarily when necessary.

Naomi: How will the Biafran people transition from a peace loving and religious group to be able to defend yourselves? And what would happen if your people started to arm themselves in their communities?

KC: We have local security guards in our respective communities but I guess they were overwhelmed by a more organized and well-armed Fulani herdsmen yesterday at Enugu. I believe the Nigerian government arms the Fulani herdsmen because when they attack civilians the government does not lift a finger to assist the victims. This isn't the first time such has occurred but why we spoke out in such a magnitude and rejected it, is because it's in our land- Biafra and they even destroyed churches and and lives! They are the fourth most deadly terrorist group in the world so this speaks volumes about them. Also they focus mostly on Christians communities. 

As I said, nothing is in place for self-defense!

The Fulani herdsmen are fighting for our lands and Buhari is also Fulani by tribe so he has decided to close his eyes on the atrocities of his Kinsmen. We the Biafrans see them as an Islamist Army in disguise as herdsmen! The Nigerian government kept their eyes closed as the Fulani herdsmen killed yesterday in Enugu.
With our leader Nnamdi Kanu in detention the Nigerian government are looking for evidence of terrorism against him having charged him with treasonable felony, so it’s not wise to pick up arms till our director is out of detention.

They adjourned our leader's case in the federal high court today to 20-23rd of June 2016 these are deliberate delay tactics to know if the Biafrans will retaliate in any form and they will immediately tag us terrorist and condemn our leader Nnamdi Kanu!
We are in a big mess but we will triumph over the Pharaoh of our time - Muhammed Buhari.

Naomi: Thank you KC, stay strong!

KC: Take good care of yourself!



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Monday, April 11, 2016

#TheMasadaFaktor #FreeKindleEdition April 12, 13, 14

Naomi Litvin, Haifa Israel 2014
In honor of my mother's 71st year liberation from Nazi captivity on April 13, 1945 I am giving away the kindle edition of award winning* The Masada Faktor for F R E E. I only wish that Mom was still with me to see that I published my first work of fiction after We Never Lost Hope and Beneath A Stormy Cloud

I wrote the The Masada Faktor, a Mediterranean noir based on my adventures in Israel before and during The Gaza War 2014. I hope you enjoy this fast read. By clicking on 'preview' below, you can see a bit of what's inside the book. Caveat emptor: contains a few steamy parts, for adults only. Reviews are highly appreciated!



The Kindle App is F R E E click to get it from Amazon
*The Masada Faktor won Honorable Mention at Southern California Book Festival 2015 and London Book Festival 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Breaking: A Biafran inside Nigeria's Military - "Conversation With Naomi"

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In the beginning my interest in Biafra, then the emerging Biafran history originating as Jewish people from the Land of Israel, along with new friendships have led me to a place which feels holy. I have been contacted by Biafrans with stories to tell. It is different speaking with a person on the ground that is in the fray rather than reading a history book or a current articleIt is my great honor to be able to publish these Biafran stories.

It is important to convey how Islamists are taking over every part of the world and how the Igbo Biafran people are coping, trying to stop history from repeating itself when millions of Biafrans were slaughtered or starved to death between 1966-1970.

The following Conversations With Naomi is an interview with a Biafran man who is now serving in the Nigerian military. 

Naomi: Thank you for joining me. Please tell me how you were raised, something from your childhood that made you realize your heritage as Biafran. 

Anonymous: When I was a child, I think that should be in my eighth year, my father told me how my people were living in peace and harmony, then how everyone surrendered our people; how the British with trade and Christianity enslaved my people. With that and to start they began to colonize us. They noticed that the Northerners, the Hausas and Westerners, and Southwestern Yorubas, and with the little that they had, saw and then knew that we Biafrans are industrious, hardworking, creative, and blessed with many natural resources. So the British then decided to merge us together as One Nigeria without any consultation between the parties if we really wanted to be put together. But they did nothing of such, rather they forced us into this unholy marriage, with the people who did not share beliefs. In fact our beliefs are very different.

Our cultures, language, character, religious and other ways of life; we share nothing in common with those people, nothing at all. And that has been the beginning of my Biafran people's problem after the British left Nigeria and joined us for one hundred years of an unholy marriage.

And the British handed over the power to the Northerners because they are the people who accommodated the British when they were chased away from Nigeria after the 1951 conference at Ibadan Oyo state; when Easterner and some Westerners disgraced them in the Conference.

Immediately the power got into the hands of Hausas and they started treating us badly, eating resources that is our Biafra Land. They divided us as brothers: South East and South South. That's divide and rule and brothers started seeing themselves as enemies. While they are busy milking our people and our resources they tagged us as a minority in our own land! Can you imagine that?

Naomi: Yes, that is terrible. You told me previously that you are in the military. How is it that you, as a Biafran are in the Nigerian military?  Are you able to safely speak about it?

Anonymous: Well, it depends on what actually you want me to talk to you about in the military. I can say that I decided to work for Nigeria military, not that I believe in it for Nigeria or that I am here to kill my people. And also we Biafrans are not also here to defend the integrity of this country to the call. Although it is the oath we took on our inauguration day in the Nigeria army training ground in Kaduna state, the Northern part of Nigeria. We are in this work just as an occupation, to make a living, not to truly die in the work, that's why you see other soldiers fighting the Boko Haram. They are running for their lives over there in the North East, because they are not being taking care of by their government.

Naomi: Who is not being taken care of, the terrorists or Biafrans in military? And do you experience prejudice in the military? 

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Anonymous: I mean we Nigerian soldiers are running away from Boko Haram terrorists because the government does not take care of its own soldiers. And secondly we are from the Biafran side. No good ranking, we are denied of good postings, we can only be posted in a troubled state. Like in these states that you can find Boko Haram terrorists or militant groups blowing oil up pipelines, that's where they post us because they want to eliminate us through those places. They won't grant us passes to go see our families that will be left behind. You can't see your families for months or years. There is not good salary, not good house, not good weapons, not proper medical, not good environment.

There's nothing like paying us allowances in Nigerian Army like it should be, only the monthly salary, nothing more. No promotion as a Biafran to gain admission into the Nigerian Army, Navy or Air Force Military Academy. We are only on the grace of God not by your merit or your qualifications because it only favors the Northern and Western not for Biafrans. Only a few Biafrans you will see in the Military Academy. 

Naomi: Do you fear for your life being in the military and for those that are regular citizens?  Do you have any hope for a peaceful separation from Nigeria? 

AnonymousThe hatred for Biafrans is everywhere; both civilians and in the paramilitary side. No Biafran is safe within this murderous country called Nigeria whether in the military or not. Biafrans are being sold to Boko Haram terrorists to be killed by the Hausas' and Yorubas' Army Generals and being ambushed. They are using Biafrans’ blood to enrich themselves and get a better promotion while we die for what we’ll know nothing of. The evil, wickedness, and corruption in the Nigeria Military is what only God can clean, not human beings. Do you know how many Biafrans in Nigeria Army that died every week in the hands of Boko Haram terrorist and Army authorities?
We cover up their deaths from the notice of the public; only those in the barracks know what is really happening.

Naomi: That is shocking information. Can you say what else it is that you as a Biafran wants the world to know?

Anonymous: The only thing me and every true Biafran wants now is to be free from Nigeria. Where we can have some sense of belonging. The place we can call our home, where everyone will be treated equally, where we can express our freedom and be rightly free without being killed, jailed, or incarcerated like they are doing to our leader Nnamdi Kanu. We can’t be truly happy until we are out of Nigeria and Biafra is restored. Biafrans in the North or Western part of Nigeria are not here with a good mind; either they are afraid of one thing or the other from our enemies the Hausa and Yoruba. These people hate us because of the way we are blessed in everything we do: spiritually, physically, and otherwise. God enriched us with many gifts. So they are jealous of Biafrans.

Apart from oil which comes from Biafra Land, almost 70% of Nigeria’s economy is through the hardworking of Biafrans, so tell me, how would this wicked entity with rogues and elements that called themselves political jobbers survive without us? They won’t last much longer. No Northerner or Westerner are able to build any structure; call it house, company, industrial, schools, poultry, and name them. You can see in Biafra Land that it is owned by our people. And so how can they say we are One Nigeria? Who’s fooling who? And Biafrans continue developing every part of their Northern and Western side and after that they will chase us away and claim our properties as their own.

We believe that Nigeria burned and destroyed the Kanu Market that Biafrans dominate in Northern and Western Nigeria. And nobody talks. Honestly, Naomi, Biafrans are prisoners in Nigeria. I think I have to rest my case here.

Naomi: Thank you for sharing all of this. I only hope you will stay safe. I pray for you and your family. I fear for you being in the Nigerian military. This is not a theoretical discussion for me. I see you in your reality. I now hope our readers will also see.

          


Thursday, March 17, 2016

We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story #Free on #Kindle March 18-22 on Amazon






 In order to share my family's story I am offering We Never Lost Hope free on Amazon Kindle for five days! I hope you enjoy my family's story and see that even in the horrific historical proportions of the Holocaust, there was hope, joy, and love. The manifestations on the families that came forth from the Holocaust is yet another story but hope involves encapsulating happiness in small doses in order to go forward. I always thought it didn't take much for me to get motivated in having hope for the future. Unfortunately in this current climate of political power struggles, hatred, and worldwide genocide it is more difficult than ever to have hope; that is why I want to give this book for #Free with hope that you will not just put it in your queue but read it. If you would like to share your feelings in a review, you can send it in comments or post to Amazon. 
Foreword by
Sir Martin Gilbert z"l


book trailer by Naomi Litvin


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

London Book Festival Honorable Mention winner! The Masada Faktor wins!

“OLD EARTH” WINS NEW HONORS AT LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL

LONDON_An international thriller that involves the Vatican, a cave expedition, a secret society, and a mystery that might change the world is the grand prize winner of the 2015 London Book Festival.
Gary Grossman’s “Old Earth” (Diversion Books) traces a tale that begins in the summer of 1601, when Galileo Galilei makes a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy. If made public, the news could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments, and lead to worldwide turmoil. For more than 400 years, the secret has been carefully guarded by an incredibly powerful organization that will go to extremes in order to protect civilization. But now a university dig in Montana headed by paleontologists Quinn McCauley and Katrina Alpert threatens to expose the secret.
Grossman and other winners in the competition will be honored in late January at a private ceremony in London.
Other winners in the competition:

WILD CARD
WINNER: Tweeting Da Vinci – Ann C. Pizzorusso
RUNNER-UP: Samson – A Savior Will Rise – Shawn Hoffman
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • My Best Life – Valerie Hart
  • A Two-Sided Truth – Stephen Waller-Delarosa
  • Legend of War Creek – Randall Reneau
  • Signs of Passing – Owen Thomas
  • Venus Rising – Raymond Keller
  • A Fox in the Fmaily – Jane King
  • From Natural to Knockout – Carol Brown
  • In the Shadow of St. Anthony – Andrew Hernon
  • Search and Seizure – Marc Hoberman
  • JJ’s Science Adventure Heat & Light – Nicholas Liem/Aurelia Tan
  • Sheppard of the Argonne – George W. Jackson
  • Green Apple Red Book – Rebecca Li-Huang


BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
WINNER: Known to Social Services – Freya Barrington
RUNNER-UP: Tears for My City – Dean Dimitrieski
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • Gap Year Girl – Marianne C. Bohr
  • Gozo is the Grass Greener – Freya Barrington
  • A Connisseur’s Journey – Dr. Jeffrey Lant
  • Iron Blood - Princess Eleonora Borisovna Kantemir
  • Survival in Paradise – Manfred Wolff


ROMANCE
WINNER: Gooseberry Island – Steven H. Manchester
RUNNER-UP: Cauliflower Heart – Diana Hart
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • Martell in November – E.B. Kamlet
  • Cauliflower Heart – Diana Hart
  • Pinnacle Lust – Michelle Dim-St. Pierre
  • Touched by a Phoenix – Sophia Byron
  • AffairyTale – CJ English
  • From Udenamo to Frelimo and… - Lopes Tembe Ndelana
  • Almost India – Cindy Lewis


HOW-TO
WINNER: The Unofficial Guide to Achieving Your Goals – Onyx Jones
RUNNER-UP: It Really Is That Complicated – Charles Rawlings
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • Creating Joy & Meaning for Dementia Patients – Ronda Parsons
  • I Have M.S. What’s Your Super-Power? – Lisa A. McCombs


BUSINESS
WINNER: Watertight Marketing – Bryony Thomas
RUNNER-UP: Sell Your Business for an Outrageous Price – Kevin Short
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • Six New Roles of Engagement - Dr. Mark McKergow/Helen Bailey


GENERAL FICTION
WINNER: Thirty-Three Cecils – Everett DeMoirer
RUNNER-UP: - The Advance Man – Rick Robinson
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • The Vermeer Conspiracy – Eytan Halaban
  • Mountain Mysts - P. Ray Lewis/Danny Kuhn
  • Sturm – Ernst Junger
  • Eumeswil – Ernst Junger/Russell Berman
  • Benchere in Wonderland – Steven Gillis
  • Tikli & Lakmi Bomb – Aditya Kripalani
  • Treasure – Vanessa Leigh Hoffman
  • Prince of Conjurers – Laurie L. Bolanos
  • The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest – Donna Friess
  • Creole Moon the Betrayal – Suzon Holmes
  • Spying on You – Norman Keifetz
  • A Cup of Redemption – Carole Bumpus
  • The Laundry Room – Lynda Lippman-Lockhart
  • Three Deadly Twins – David A. Thyfault
  • The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest – Donna Friess
  • Raising Unicorns – K.M. Dalle
  • Faery Born – Donna Joy Usher
  • The National Memorial – John Barth
  • The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan – Whitney Dineen
  • Craved – Lola Smirnova
  • The Screw of the Tern – Thomas Blair
  • Beleagured Truth - Bill Messenger
  • The Bowes Inheritance – Pam Lecky
  • The Yellow Plantation on the Purple Sea – Gloria T. August
  • Remote Control – Chris McGrath
  • The Darkly Stewart Mysteries: The Woman Who..- Grahame Wood
  • The Masada Faktor – Naomi Litvin
  • Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café - Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
  • Sons of Eve - Timothy Epupa Ngenge
  • Mailbox: A Scattershot Novel of Racing Dares…- Nancy Freund Fraser
  • And Face the Unknown – Clifford Doyl Harper
CHILDREN’S BOOKS
WINNER: A Story of Becoming – Ayn Cates Sullivan
RUNNER-UP: Samurai: A Feral Kitten’s Journey to Find a Home – Rosemary Wood
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • The Children’s Horrible House – Nancy Sinatsch
  • Spring Heel’d Jack – E.J. Hagadorn
  • A Wish For Algie – Carol Lee Owen
  • The Magic of the Christmas Tree – Donald W. Thomas Jr.
  • The ABC’s of Golf – Jamie Dall
  • ABC’s Trip to Africa – zi Okaro
  • The Fable of the Snake Named Slim – Doug Snelson
  • Leopold & The 5 Senseteers Flour Power – Joshua Tabachnick
  • Samboldt – Joshua Rios
  • Limbo: From African Slave to Honored Grave – Robin Taylor-Chiarello
  • Tobias: The Mouse in the Old Stone House - Cookie Soldo Schultz
  • MegaChomp, D.D.S. – Joan Spilman
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs – Diana Pishner Walker
  • Gina’s Wheels – Mary Harelkin Bishop


GENERAL NON-FICTION
WINNER: Journey of Healing – Kathy Gruver
RUNNER-UP: Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden… - Shelley Fisher Fishkkin
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • We Hu-Mans…Living in our Full Potential – Barbara D. Kennedy
  • L’ibridismo nell’inferno traduzione… - Benyakir B. Horowitz
  • Free Yourself from Workplace Bullying – Aryanne Oade
  • Faces in the Windows – Ruby Lang
  • Wandering in Cornwall – Joanna Biggar
  • Human Behavior in Extreme Situations – Robert H. Koff
  • Russian (X) and Salt Study Guide – Israel Palchan
  • Letters to My Child’s Guardian – Virginia C. Antipolo-Utt


YOUNG ADULT
WINNER: Alchemy’s Daughter – Mary A. Osborne
RUNNER-UP: Street of Dreams – Norma Hansburg
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • The Essay -Isabell Niland
  • The Sparks – Kyle Prue
  • Untraceble – S.R. Johannes
  • Last Night at the Circle Cinema – Emily Franklin
  • When the Music Stops – Dance On – Paddy Eger
  • Warrior Kids – A New Tale of Camelot – Michael J. Bowler
  • Hanna, The President’s Daughter – John Denison
  • Tarzan Wore Chaps – Warren K. Barlow
  • Raman and Sunny – Fiza Pathan
  • The Mystery at Darcy's Discount Store – Angie Wilson


PHOTOGRAPHY/ART
WINNER: Living Mollusks – Charles Rawlings
RUNNER-UP: Bridges of Paris – Michael Saint James


SPIRITUAL
WINNER: Mere Christian Apologetics – James Stroud
RUNNER-UP: The Yoga of Relationships – Yogi Amrit Desai
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • Finding Christmas – James H. Lilley
  • Déjà vu of a Skeptic – Ron Hughart
  • Monk Who Drinks Coffee – Banu Khan


POETRY
WINNER: Some Wonder – Eric Nelson

RUNNER-UP: Mis Platicas Contigo – Issamary Simmons Benavides

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • Hail to the Chief – Tanyon Ravicz
  • At The Threshhold – Gedda Ilves
  • Crazy Lesbo Poetry – Samm M. Panos
  • Shifting Tides – Caroll Blair
  • Banshees – Eileen P. Kennedy
  • Quiescence – Barbara L. Thomas
  • Postcards from Poland – Joseph Kuhn Carey


HISTORY
WINNER: Land and Sea: A World Historical Meditation – Carl Schmitt
RUNNER-UP: Best Little Stories from World War I _ C. Brian Kelley
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • The Second Mourning – Stephen G. Yanoff
  • Law and Order at the End of the Oregon Trail – Ken Bilderback
  • The Deadliest Pandemic – David Ritchey
  • The Old Gun, Finding Sundance – Randal Benjamin


COOKBOOKS
WINNER: Lean and Luscious Meatless – Bobbie Hinman/Millie Snyder
RUNNER-UP: Recipes for Redemption – Carole Bumpus
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • Blue Ribbon Canning – Linda J. Amendt


UNPUBLISHED
WINNER: Photographic Memory – Mark Warren

SCIENCE FICTION
WINNER: Old Earth – Gary Grossman
RUNNER-UP: Tomorrow’s End – Book One - G.R. Morris
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
  • Strange Tales – Charles Coyne
  • The Tut Clone Contracts – Jan Issaye Berkhout
  • EarthUnder: The Meteorite Chronicles – Edwin Thompson
  • Illuminarium – Truth Devour
  • The Secret Bunker: Darkness Falls – Paul Teague
  • The Girl Who Rode Dolphins – Michael Ganas