Mark Povey - Little local interaction

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Department of Veterans' Affairs


We were there to make sure there was some stability within the country because at the time there was still the power struggle between certain warlords. We weren't to interfere with anything like that. That was obviously done at a higher level than than we were concerned. But no, we had hardly any interaction with the locals, apart from the the workers that we had, and there was a lot of workers coming in every day of the week for the UN doing specific jobs. Whatever the UN had them doing.

That was, you know, the UN's job. One day we walked past and they were fixing the roof on a building and it was all done by Somali workers. So, you know, the UN had them gainfully employed. But as you as you asked, no, we had hardly any interaction with the local population outside of the two compounds.

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