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The Wonder of Their Existence

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The Wonder of Their Existence

One day I just went out, I was just going down to the headquarters. There was a little girl, she was maybe about, I would say maybe about 10 years old, 12 years old, no more than that, and she had a baby sister on her back. She was just a baby, maybe a year old, two years old. And she was looking after her sister. But they had nothing. I mean, we stopped and give them candies and stuff, because we always carried candy with us. Wherever we went, we always had candy and we make sure of that. Those kids were, oh my god, they followed us all over down the place, you know, they wanted, and we told them well, just stay here, tomorrow we bring you some more and just to see the.... I didn't know if they had a house to go, did they have a place to stay?

Mr. Desmeules questions the survival of the many children left walking the streets in starvation and how the soldiers tried to help as best they could.

Mike Desmeules

Mr. Desmeules was born in 1950 in Jean Pierre, Quebec. With little work in his hometown community, Mr. Desmeules decided to join the armed forces, considering it as an opportunity to travel. At 18 years of age Mr. Desmeules initially joined the Navy taking up the service occupation of administrative clerk. With this occupation being very generic to all branches of service, Mr. Desmeules later joined with the army and in 1975 accepted an opportunity to travel to Egypt with the Signal Regiment. In 1995, Mr. Desmeules accepted a posting to Rwanda, again in the administrative field of occupation. Upon return to Canada, Mr. Desmeules made the switch back to navy service and retired when 30 years of service was achieved. Mr. Desmeules and his family took up residence in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Mike Desmeules
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Canadian Armed Forces
Royal Canadian Signals Corps

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