United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) 1960 - 1964

Date from 01 January 1960
Date to 31 December 1964
Collection type Conflict
Scope note In mid-1960, the newly independent Republic of the Congo began to disintegrate as a viable state and the former colonial power, Belgium, intervened to protect the large number of its citizens remaining there. ONUC was established to assist the Congolese government restore law and order and to supervise the withdrawal of Belgian forces. Comments: Australia's contribution was an Army medical team of three personnel, who were seconded to the International Red Cross though the Australian Red Cross and deployed to Bakwanga in the Congo to support ONUC's efforts at national rehabilitation. Team members returned to Australia in December 1960 and February 1961. This medical team is recorded as not being included as participating with the UN Force in the Congo at that time