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Somalia Affair: Defending the Airborne Regiment

Type: Film and Video

Interview with Sergent Ronnie Smith, Corporal Patrick Couture, and Captain Hercule Gosselin of Canadian Forces Base Petawawa in which they describe their experiences as part of the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Somalia. They describe how they feel that the schools they built, the infrastructure they developed and the people they saved are all being overlooked by Canadians due to media coverage of a few isolated incidents.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Van Doos: Keeping the peace in Cyprus

Type: Film and Video

After three years of United Nations standby, the Van Doos are suddenly airlifted to Cyprus, a powerkeg of Greek and Turkish hostilities.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Somalia: Culture, Chaos and Clans

Type: Film and Video

At the dawn of the Cold War, Somalia had aligned itself with the Soviet Union; when this alliance dissolved, the United States forged a coalition with the African country. As the Cold War thawed, however, the partnership weakened and the U.S. withdrew. As infrastructure and order collapsed, famine spread through the country. When the 900 Canadian soldiers landed in Somalia on December 15, 1992, they tried to draw order from the chaos with Operation Deliverance.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Good Peacekeeping or Good PR?

Type: Film and Video

Four experts on Canadian diplomacy talk about whether Canada deserves its peacekeeping reputation.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

"Belet Huen is a Peaceful Place" - Canadian Peacekeepers in Somalia

Type: Film and Video

When the Black Hawk helicopters landed in Belet Huen, Somalia, the Canadian forces were greeted with welcoming cheers. The Canadian soldiers were surprised to find a relative level of calm in Belet Huen with famine under control and few deaths due to starvation. The Canadians were happy to have finally arrived in Somalia to provide humanitarian aid. However, in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, US Marines had shot and killed a Somali during a peace march.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Van Doos: Providing 'Safe Havens' in Bosnia

Type: Film and Video

1993 television news report shows how the Royal 22nd Regiment peacekeepers in Srebrenica must both disarm and defend Muslim refugees.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canadians Leave Somalia

Type: Film and Video

Canadian soldiers reflect on what they have accomplished during their peacekeeping mission in Belet Huen, Somalia. They have built schools and bridges, and famine is not as prevalent. Interviews with Somalis indicate that they like the Canadian soldiers and are concerned about who will be taking over the mission once the Canadians leave.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation