Kary Joseph Shender

A Girl with Vision and Resolve

When Veronica Obodo-Eckblad is asked about her escape from war-torn Nigeria as a seven-year-old, she is cryptic. That’s because her emphasis – actually, her life’s focus – isn’t on herself. What drives her is her commitment to others and to a dream. That dream morphed into conviction and then into reality. But we are getting ahead of ourselves in this gripping story, so let’s settle down.

Veronica was born in the Imo State of Nigeria, and soon after her birth, the Biafran War began (1966-1970). She remembers standing in lines to get oatmeal from the humanitarian organization Caritas, because normal commerce was so disrupted. People were hungry, frightened, and each was mourning the death of many.

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