Mildura Weekly : Friday December 5 2014 Vol 9 No 5
10 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014 Lou’s got a passport to the hot spots • From Page 9 Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, occupies the southwestern to southern end of the Arabian Peninsula and was home of the Sabaeans (biblical She- ba), a trading state that flour- ished for over a thousand years taking in and probably also included parts of mod- ern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea. In 275 AD, the region came under the rule of the later Jewish influenced Hi- myarite Kingdom. Christianity arrived in the 4th century AD whereas Judaism and local Pagan- ism was already established. Islam spread quickly in the 7th century and Yemenite troops were crucial in the ex- pansion of the early Islamic conquests. Administration of Yemen has long been notoriously difficult. Several dynasties emerged from the 9th to 16th century, the Rasulid being the strongest and most pros- perous. The country was di- vided between the Ottoman and British empires in the early 20th century. The Zaydi Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen was established after World War I in North Yemen before the creation of Yemen Arab Republic in 1962. South Yemen remained a British protectorate until 1967. The two Yemeni states united to form the modern republic of Yemen in 1990. One of Louise’s indelible memories of Yemen is the sound of bagpipes! Appar- ently, when still a British pro- tectorate, the last occupying force was a Scots regiment and the commanding officer is reputed to have taught the locals how to play. “It was an odd place to hear bagpipes,” Louise said, but also strangely comfort- ing. The list of countries Lou- ise has worked in since her initial two overseas postings with Care Australia is as long as it is impressive. While most of us collect passport stamps to the world’s his- torical or pleasure hot spots, Louise’s ‘little book’ reads more of a travel itinerary for the globe’s trouble spots. Leaving Care Australia she joined the United Na- tions and her ‘tour’ of the world’s troubled regions con- tinued. Notable destinations include Rwanda – probably best known for the Rwandan Genocide, when, over about 100 days, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Tutsi and politically moderate Hutu were killed in well-planned attacks on the orders of the interim government. Lou managed a United Nations World Food Pro- gram there. She was to spend five years in The African Great Lakes region after her initial deployment to Rwanda, also working in bordering coun- tries including Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Louise managed the ‘food pipeline’ into these countries to feed thousands of refugees, most often flee- ing armed strife in their own country. It was a logistical night- mare, and Louise had to call on all her Army training to make it work. She learned to be a very proficient diplomat, and a skilled negotiator. After all, she regularly dealt with the armed forces and armed reb- els in these countries. Particular skills from her Army days certainly came in handy. An example is her knowledge of small arms. “I know when the safety comes off an AK47,” she said. That is the time, she says from experience, to realise ‘negotiations’ are not going well, and it is better to acqui- esce. • Continued Page 16 • ON PATROL: A World Food Program convoy, led by an amoured vehicle, prepares to move out, and INSET, Aussie Diggers patrol Dili streets soon after the withdrawal of Indonesian troops from East Timor. Available in selected supermar kets and newsagencies For your nearest stockist call 03 5024 8333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For adver tising call Sharon Lyell 0428 291 626 ThePerfectGiftIdea...SUBSCRIBENOW!
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