Passionate Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist at the frontline of removing anti-tank mines in Bunj, South Sudan.
20 February 2023
Antipersonnel landmines are explosive devices designed to injure or kill people. They can lie dormant for years
From cooking & cleaning to removing explosives: Beatrice Gale ensures her community is safe by clearing landmines.
The discovery of Anti-Tank mines in the middle of Bunj town, South Sudan, left a shivering feeling down the spines of the community members, who are now aware of the damage one AT mine can cause.
Fortunately, South Sudan has passionate Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists that are dedicating their time to remove hazards within their communities.
Beatrice, a deminer that joined the #G4S team in 2013 as a cleaner, which later progressed to a cook and now a deminer on her first deployment, understands the challenges posed by explosive ordnance, which was her motivation to become a deminer.
“I chose to work as a deminer to keep my community safe, feed and educate my children, and support my extended family,” said Beatrice Gale John, Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist.
Bunj being a busy town poses great challenges to the team conducting clearance, with the homes, markets and schools quite close to the hazards, which slows down the estimated time required to ensure the town is free from explosives. However, Beatrice and the rest of the team are optimistic that the town will be cleared before the heavy rains begin.