Another health poster-this on comparing a healthy child with an unhealthy child using key indicators both physical and emotional. Colomancagua, Honduars, ca. 1985.
Armoured vehicles. The mission received many reports of ongoing violence and intimidation during this period largely by Koevoet, the South African security police.
Army showing typical "energy". This part of a scenario in which the pro-apartheid political forces supported the IFP led by their candidate Buthelezi. In our pre-election mission to Natal we visited Buthelezi and were invited to a lunch at which the guests were leaders of the most conservative white pro-apartheid groups. We had not anticipate staying for lunch and our aircraft was ready to leave but Buthelezi seized the opportunity to show-off" off his distinguished visitors from Canada, i.e. Broadbent, Macdonald and campagnola all prominent parliamentarians and leaders in their parties. (However, at the meeting with him Buthelezi followed protocol allowing only Brownstone as head of mission to sit close to him!!!)
Army stationed above stadium taken over by Inkatha. No attempt was made to remove Inkatha and permit ANC rally to proceed.
As indicated by this armoured vehicle the UN was well equipped for potential (and some actual) violence.
At mass conducted by Greg Chisholm (Catholic priest) and Dan Heap(Anglican priest). Note the tall bearded young man. He was a Honduran working in the camp in support of the refugees. Later Brownstone learned that he had been seized by the army incarcerated and tortured. In a subsequent visit Brownstone met him clandestinely in Tegucigalpa and was told about his terrible experiences during his incarceration. (He was released on the appeal of a bishop). Brownstone asked to see his wounds as verification. However he had clearly recovered physically but the light had clearly gone from his eyes displaying severe trauma. As Chair of of Oxfam Brownstone gave him a special grant and pleaded with him to go to Costa Rica for medical care and personal recovery-since living in Honduras in hiding and constant fear was not a viable option. Colomancagua, Honduras, ca. 1985.
Baking ovens. Traditional ovens fueled by wood harvested by refugees. Mesa Grande, Honduras, ca. 1985.