Pickard initially ran an Australian medical ward in Kigali before being deployed to Kibeho. Back in Australia, his wife was due to give birth.
Combat Medic - An Eyewitness Account of the Kibeho Massacre
Pickard's eyewitness account exposes the full horror of what happened at Kibeho: Pickard's account offers genuine insights: I had a job to do. I was a soldier, a sergeant and a senior medic. But most of all I was Australian, and we don't fall apart. I couldn't let my team down and I needed to lead by example" But Pickard's on-the-spot determination and a touch of chauvinism could not prevent the psychological damage he would sustain. If it took more than a decade for Pickard to bear witness and unburden himself through this book, the reason was that he could not mentally have written it sooner.
Writing became part of his emotional recovery, a long and painful process aggravated by the sheer incomprehension of those who welcomed him back to Australia. Besides not being able to convey the full [End Page ] extent of the horror, not even to his army superiors, Pickard continued to struggle with questions that could not be answered: Did he always choose the "right" casualties for treatment? Could he have made better decisions? Presenting us with a set of graphic photographs taken during the slaughter and smuggled out of Kibeho and Rwanda at considerable risk, Pickard then takes us through personal journal extracts that chart multiple setbacks and some rare glimpses of hope on the way to recovery.
Those setbacks include the humiliation of seeing an RPA captain lay a wreath on Anzac Day the annual commemoration of the Australia—New Zealand Army Corps, commemorating service in World War I on April 25 while Pickard was still in Rwanda and only shortly after the Kibeho debacle ; the futility of the assistance provided by Australian psychologists trained in PTSD; the ferocity of flashbacks and If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'.
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