A report on efforts to bring supplies of food and medicine from Ireland to alleviate the distress in this famine-stricken and war-torn region of Biafra, Nigeria.

A report on the activities of aid agencies in Biafra where human suffering continues to deteriorate. This special documentary shows the work of Irish missionaries in Biafra and how food supplies from Ireland are helping to alleviate the distress in this famine-stricken and war-torn region.

On 30 May 1967 the independence of the Republic of Biafra was declared. However, very soon afterwards, hunger and poverty are everywhere. 'Radharc' tells the story of Biafra and the struggle of its people to survive. Despite the famine and war, religious devotion and practice remains high. It was an Irish man, Bishop Joseph Shanahan, that laid the foundations of the church in Biafra and his work was continued by a network of priests and nuns. The Holy Ghost Fathers and the Holy Rosary Nuns are the two main orders with a presence in Biafra. The work of the church has been challenging in light of the war and ensuing famine.

Filmed in Biafra at the height of the Nigerian civil war, the surrounded Ibo people were without food and had to be supplied by international airlift through Sao Tome. This film includes an interview with the then Biafran leader, Colonel Ojukwu. Colonel Ojukwu, who has been President of Biafra and chief commander of its army since independence was declared, expresses his gratitude for all outside help and thanks the Irish for their generosity, understanding, humanity and practical help.

Peter Lemass speaks to Bishop Joseph Whelan about the role of the church in Biafra and Fr. Mick Wallace talks about potential dangers from the federal army. Peter also speaks to nuns and doctors about life as a refugee, and their fight for survival. The flights to Uli are imperative to the relief effort. However, the pilots face deadly danger each night, flying without lights and facing  attack from nightly anti aircraft fire.

We also hear from Fr. Tony Byrne, a Holy Ghost Father who initially came to Africa as a missionary, and ended up directing an airline. Fr. Tony is the chief of operations for the airlifting of food to the starving people.

Peter Lemass concludes "The night flight to Uli remains a beacon of light and hope in one of the darkest places of the world."