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Interview with Raymonde Martineau by James S. Sutterlin
Raymonde Martineau (Canada, ) started service in the United Nations as a representative in Geneva for the International Movement for Fraternal Union Among Races and Peoples (UFER) in 1973. She stayed at that position until 1975, and in 1976, became the Liaison Officer in charge of relations with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other civil society at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG). During her term at UNOG, Ms. Martineau participated in United Nations missions in Namibia from 1989 to 1990 and in South Africa from 1992 to 1994.
Still holding this position at the time of this interview, conducted on 7 July 1998, Ms. Martineau shares her personal account of Namibia during its first elections. As part of the team in charge of the organization of the elections in the town of Karibib, Ms. Martineau relays her experiences as one of the few women in the Namibian Mission, the challenges of building relationships with the locals, the reintegration of the refugees, the election itself and the segregation that was still heavily prevalent.
SWAPO - UNCIVPOL - UN Transition Assistance Group - UN High Commissioner for Refugees - ELECTIONS - ELECTION VERIFICATION - POLITICAL PARTIES - NAMIBIA QUESTION - ORAL HISTORY - PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS - NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS - APARTHEID - ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENTS - POLICE - INDEPENDENCE - Nujoma, Sam - Ahtisaari, Martti
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