By Cpl. David Thomas
First published in
SFOR Informer#103, December 20, 2000
Glamoc - Robin Hood is back. For once, neither Errol Flynn,
Sean Connery nor Kevin Costner are playing the part. The City of Nottingham
and Sherwood Forest are not the scene, either. Glamoc has become his
Canadians based in this town have replaced Robin of Locksley and Little
John, on the occasion of this large-scale CIMIC operation (11-15 december)
bearing Howard Pyle's heros name.
"Glamoc area is one of the poorest in Bosnia," said 1Lt. Jeff
Peck, from 2nd Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Battalion (2PPCLI),
CIMIC project officer in the Glamoc area. "The International community
prioritises the return of former inhabitants."
the aid from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which
supplied the main part of humanitarian aid, for five days , B Battery
from Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Regiment deployed in the whole area
so that local inhabitants could all benefit from this operation.
A dozen patrols were organised daily. Aboard their Grizzly APCs, the
gunners brought blankets, shoes, jackets, potatoes, wood and toys, also
offered by Canadian families.
meeting to take stock of the situation was held every evening. "We
must deliver from one house to another. Moreover, I want a list with
the inhabitants who have returned to date on it. We will need more oil
lamps, candles and soap," underlines 1Lt. Peck. The orders are
set, everyone knows his part.
the first patrol, Sgt. Andy Johnson's team, composed of three gunners
and a translator, paid a visit to those settled away from the village.
Seventy percent of the population lives downtown. But since Halapic
is borderline, there's no electric power beyond," said Sgt Johnson.
"That's why we are handing out candles." A 70-year old man,
returned in March 1999, lives in a wooden house without a proper roof.
"Tell him we will bring him canvas covers in the afternoon "
Sgt Johnson told the translator.
Rudici, Gunners Justin Moore, André Fortier and Lisa Kachanoski
handed over a coffee set to an old lady. "She had asked for it
because should somebody die in the village, the relatives have to offer
coffee," explained the Canadian Non-Commissioned Officer. Children
rushed up to the Grizzly for some candies. The distribution of smiles
Robin Hood has developed. In the XV century, he used to be prince of
the thieves, nowadays he has become prince of donors, within the space
of a CIMIC operation. As far as the Canadians are concerned, the legend
is still alive.
Nations of SFOR: Canada