November 23rd 1996 – First mission of Operation: Purposeful

Canberra PR.9 XH131

In 1996 few places in the world rivalled Rwanda for misery. Ethnic tensions that had been building up for decades finally erupted in to open violence and the word “massacre” became well used in the world’s media. With the threat of violence thousands fled their homes risking starvation or murder from roaming gangs across the countryside. There were calls for a massive peacekeeping force to be deployed to find these missing refugees but that would be time consuming and risk the lives of the peacekeepers and the refugees themselves.

The RAF came up with an alternative…

Read the whole story in Operation Purposeful – Finding Rwanda’s Missing Refugees.


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