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ID number MSU/94/0048/28
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white
Photographer Fox, Geoffrey
Place made Central Africa: Rwanda, Kibeho
Date made 8 November 1994
Physical description Black & white


Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Michael Wertheimer, Commanding Officer of Tasmania's 10th Field Ambulance based in Hobart, serving with the Australian Medical Support Force in Rwanda as the General Surgeon, examines a young local child at Rwanda's largest displaced persons camp. He is watched by a group of local children. Colonel Wertheimer has spent six weeks in Rwanda as part of a specialist surgical detachment to the United Nations (UN) sponsored Australian Medical Support Force. He commanded an outposted treatment section in the south which provided critical humanitarian care through a clinic at the Kibeho camp which had more than 75 000 displaced persons, and provided care at a university hospital and village clinics. The treatment section also treated United Nations (UN) troops.