The Ghanaian contingent of the United Nations force in the Congo Republic, are stationed at Ndjili Camp on the outskirts of Leopoldville.
GV Ghana troops parade with shields and staves
CU Ghana soldier
BV Troops parade with shields and staves
CU N.C.O. shouts
GV Ghanaian troops drill with sticks
LV Cook prepares food
CU Ladle into soup
LV Serving food
SV Serving food
SV Men in group
SV PAN..Rifles and machine guns on ground
CU Man polishes boots
LV Troops hang washing on line
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Background: The Ghanaian contingent of the United Nations force in the Congo Republic, are stationed at Ndjili Camp on the outskirts of Leopoldville. Jointly responsible with Swedish troops for policing the capital, an unusual feature of their camp routine is a special riot-squad drill with wooden staves and shields.
To the Congolese, these Ghanaians are something of a mystery - far blacker than the local people, who previously thought of themselves as dark, cheerfully receiving orders from white and negro officers, they are disciplined and equipped in British tradition.
The Ghanaians themselves have mixed feelings; they expected - as rather unsophisticated soldiers - to fight; their role as United Nations keepers of the peace baffled some, who firmly expected to leap from their transport planes shooting and being shot at. Their food is good, but they miss specialties of their own land, and since there is no fighting, resent separations from wives and children. Bars in the native quarter of the town are out of bounds, and there is little in the way of entertainment. But in the main they have settled admirably and effectively to their task - preserving order in Leopoldville, and winning the goodwill of local people.