Rats and snakes in the Congo
Interviewed for MAOHP - 13/10/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_008_L
Here, Corporal Seamus McDermott outlines the conditions of their camp in the Congo (1961) which was initially shared with Swedish forces. He describes an issue with large rats in the camp. He discusses his early interaction with the native Congolese and also remembers a native child that got bitten by a snake in the camp and was saved by the Irish soldiers, who administered care.