Wright, Beverley Christine (Colonel, b.1948)

Accession Number PR00581
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter, Document
Maker Wright, Beverley Christine
Place made Rwanda
Date made 1994-1995
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 95/0397
Conflict Period 1990-1999
Rwanda (UNAMIR), 1993 - 1996
Copying Provisions Copyright restrictions apply. Only personal, non-commercial, research and study use permitted. Permission of copyright holder required for any commercial use and/or reproduction.

Collection relating to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) service of Major (later Colonel) Beverley Christine Wright CSM, Medical Support Force Rwanda, 1994-1995.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Collection consists of documents and newsletters relating to Wright's service with UNAMIR in Rwanda as Senior Nursing Officer, Medical Support Force Rwanda, from August 1994 to February 1995. The collection includes four newsletters compiled by Wright (with contributions by others) between October 1994 and January 1995 to update nursing colleagues in Australia on the operations and activities of the Medical Support Force Rwanda. The newsletters describe the challenges of establishing suitable medical facilities, of the diverse medical and surgical patients encountered, problems with infectious and tropical diseases, health care for local populations at Butare and outlying clinics, language barriers, experiences in operating theatres and intensive care units, post-surgical and obstetric work at the Central Hospital Kigali, limited supplies, the necessity of good humour and stationary, and partnerships with non-government organisations. The collection also includes Wright's personal reflections on service in Rwanda. Wright reflects on the significance of the deployment, the efforts of the medical contingent to improve conditions for the Rwandan people, child victims of the civil war, and the mixed but mostly positive feelings inspired by her time in Rwanda.