Kimpoko’s village leader, Sister Ghislaine, and Major Andre St-Martin, a member of Task Force Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) deployed on Operation CROCODILE reminisce about the projects completed in the village by the Canadian Forces while looking at some photographs of Canadians that have previously visited the village.
Kimpoko village, located 45 kilometres east of Kinshasa in the DRC, was established in the year 2000 for roughly 100 war widows and approximately 200 children. A Canadian Forces funded project built 40 houses in this village between 2008 and 2009 and helped to renovate and refurbish 60 of the original houses that were constructed when the village was founded. Canada also worked with the Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO) in 2007 to build two water wells that provide clean drinking water to the village residents.
Operation CROCODILE is Canada’s military contribution to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or better known by its French name, the Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République démocratique du Congo, (MONUSCO). The 11-member Task Force Democratic Republic of the Congo (TF DRC) is the Canadian contingent in MONUSCO. It comprises 10 staff officers with expertise in fields such as law, information operations and training divided between MONUSCO headquarters in Kinshasa and the forward headquarters in Goma. The eleventh member of the task force is a senior non-commissioned member who handles all national support tasks.
A member of the Battle Group of ROTO 3-10 composed primarily of soldiers from 1st Battalion Royal 22e Regiment (1R22R) aboard a CH-147D Chinook looks outside on his way back to Kandahar Airfield (KAF) from the Forward operation Base Shoja.
Freetown, Sierra Leone 9 March, 2011 - Children in Freetown, Sierra Leone, inquisitively ask Master Corporal Julie Bélisle, a videographer with Canadian Forces Combat Camera, questions about the Canadian flag on her uniform during a visit to Operation SCULPTURE, Canada’s military contribution to the International Military Advisory Training Team (IMATT) that is mentoring the RSLAF.