|Object type||Colour - Print|
|Date made||1994 - 1995|
Item copyright: Copyright unknown - orphaned work
Informal portrait of Private (Pte) Miles Wootten with a small child in front of a stall selling ...
Informal portrait of Private (Pte) Miles Wootten with a small child in front of a stall selling paintings in a Rwandan street. Pte Wootten served with the Transport Squadron of 3rd Brigade Administrative Support Battalion (BASB), as part of the Australian Army Medical Support Force with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR). Fighting between the armed forces of the mainly Hutu Government of Rwanda and the Tutsi-led Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) first broke out in October 1990, a number of ceasefire agreements were made, but it was not until the Arusha Peace Agreement which was signed by the Rwandese parties on 4 August 1993 that UNAMIR was deployed. It was made up of both military personnel and civilian Police Officers and stayed in the country until 8 March 1996 when Rwanda requested that the force leave. UNAMIR's mandate was adjusted on a number of occasions in the face of the tragic events of the genocide and the changing situation in the country. It is believed that approximately 800,000 Rwandans died at the hands of their fellow countrymen, including thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), mostly women and children who were massacred at the Kibeho refugee camp in April 1995.