Cheryl Elston - The advanced party

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Department of Veterans' Affairs


Initially, the advanced party, we were quite shocked, there was three, no, sorry, four females named to go on the advanced party. I think there was about 73 of us. So there was a very small group of medics. Obviously, it was heavily infantry due to, obviously, going in and establishing the area.

Initially, we were told that we were going in to set up the health facility, and we believed, at the time, that we were going into the Kigali Hospital. We got told that it had been badly affected but didn't see pictures or anything like that, certainly not at my level, I was a private. So we knew we were going in to tidy up the hospital and get it ready for the rest of the main body to come in and start functioning.

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