Friday, April 25, 2008
Here a FARDC Soldier stands guard over the area from where the Mai Mai attack force had already begun advancing on the FARDC Base. The quick reaction time of Platoon 1 saved the day in the end when they arrived in time after driving five hours to reach this location.
On Wednesday we received a call of an imminent attack by suspected Mai Mai on an FARDC Outpost at Bingi. Platoon 1 reacted and arrived in the nick of time to prevent the attack. Speaking to the FARDC Commander at Bingi he confirmed that the Mai Mai attack force had already set up for the attack as the sun was setting. Suddenly the advancing attackers stopped, turned and fled into the jungle as the sight of Platoon 1's vehicles coming over the hill was too much for them. Well done, boys.
Monday, April 21, 2008
A while ago some civilians told us about this strange yellow object they had found. Fearing it might be an unexploded ordnance I took my camera to investigate. To make a long story short what they said was a distance of 15km turned out to be closer to 50km and included a five kilometre hike through the jungle. The last half a kilometre was through very dense undergrowth and in the end we came to a hole with water in it. I decided to try to find whatever it was that was underwater, but the water was very brown, which made visibility difficult. In the end all I could feel were rocks and mud. If it should be an unexploded ordnance, which I doubt since military high explosives are more green in colour than yellow, then it would be better to leave it in a deep hole under water than to fiddle with it.
Here in Lubero Base we also have rabbits and Guinea Pigs. One thing about the Indians is that all their bases have animals in them. Previously the two dogs in the base (who now have five puppies) ate five of the rabbits, which now only leave two same sex rabbits.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
As part of our preparedness we often rehearse stand to's and as part of those rehearsals we do mock casualty evacuations. The "casualty" is evacuated to our medical post where the OECP's (medics) do what they do best.