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The Horses of Sierra Leone
First Tour of Duty A Memoir
by Leeland Shelly Nash

In this gripping and painful memoir, Leeland Shelly Nash recounts her first tour of duty as a UN military observer in Sierra Leone while the country transitions from a brutal civil war to the election of a new government. As if acclimating to the stresses of her first overseas deployment in a country that is still on the brink of implosion is not enough she must also contend with gender discrimination and covert actions by someone seeking her repatriation back to Canada for reasons beyond simple sexism. Having engaged in similar struggles throughout her military career, she refuses to back down. While forced to second guess the next actions of her comrades she strives to continue to do her job and make a difference to the people around her in the mission, and to find hope in the midst of her discouraging environment.

Lee served more than twenty-six years in the Canadian Armed Forces, most of it as one of the first women to serve as a regular force combat arms officer, during which she deployed on several international operational deployments. In addition to her military experience, she has studied extensively in the areas of history, politics, legal studies, international affairs, international humanitarian law, and gender studies. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her two dogs. This is her first book.


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