MALI / FEMALE PILOT

13-Apr-2018 00:02:40
As the only female fighter pilot in the El Salvador contingent in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Sandra Hernandez feels her work “can help bring security and some more stability and tranquilly to the Malian people.” MINUSMA
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STORY: MALI / FEMALE PILOT
TRT: 02:40
SOURCE: MINUSMA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: MARCH 2018, TOMBOUCTOU, MALI
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MARCH 2018, TOMBOUCTOU, MALI

1. Aerial shot, helicopter flying over desert in Northern Mali
2. Wide shot, helicopter landing
3. Wide shot, helicopter on tarmac
4. Med shot, Sandra Hernandez getting out of helicopter
5. Med shot, Hernandez walking away from helicopter
6. Med shot, Hernandez shaking hands with military commander
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sandra Hernandez Vega, Helicopter Pilot:
“Ever since I used to see my father fly his airplane; because he is an airplane pilot and my two older brothers, one in an airplane pilot and the other one a helicopter pilot, I always felt very proud of them.”
8. Wide shot, helicopter in hangar
9. Various shots, El Salvador troops pushing helicopter to tarmac
10. Wide shot, helicopter on tarmac
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sandra Hernandez Vega, Helicopter Pilot:
“This is the first time I work in a peacekeeping mission. What motivated me to come here is that I can continue my development as a pilot and I can at the same be of service to Mali as well as to my country. By flying on reconnaissance patrols, I feel I can help bring security and some more stability and tranquilly to the Malian people.”
12. Med shot, Hernandez on duty
13. Wide shot, Hernandez next to helicopter
14. Med shot, Sandra getting ready for duty
15. Wide shot, Hernandez walking
16. Med shot, Hernandez in hangar next to helicopter
17. Med shot, Hernandez boarding helicopter
18. Med shot, Hernandez inside helicopter
19. Med shot, Hernandez and Colonel inside helicopter
20. Close up, Hernandez operating equipment
21. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Colonel Jose Leon, El Salvador Contingent Commander:
“Captain Hernandez Vega is the only female pilot we have here in the mission, for now. What I can say is that she is a very professional woman, qualified to be here. She was trained together with other women, same as the other pilots to come here. This helps perhaps to get closer to the local population here in Mali, as they see her as a woman, tender towards the Malian children.”
22. Various shots, Hernandez flying helicopter
STORYLINE
As the only female fighter pilot in the El Salvador contingent in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Sandra Hernandez feels her work “can help bring security and some more stability and tranquilly to the Malian people.”

Flying across the vast desert in Northern Mali, helicopters pilots from El Salvador have been taking part in MINUSMA’s operations for the past three years.

Hernandez dreamed of being a pilot since she was a child.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sandra Hernandez Vega, Helicopter Pilot:
“Ever since I used to see my father fly his airplane; because he is an airplane pilot and my two older brothers, one in an airplane pilot and the other one a helicopter pilot, I always felt very proud of them.”

With her 16 years of experience as a pilot in her home country, Hernandez joined MINUSMA in May 2017. She flies surveillance and rapid response missions, providing over-watch for forces on the ground, escorting UN convoys and evacuating casualties, as well as protecting civilians is northern Mali.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sandra Hernandez Vega, Helicopter Pilot:
“This is the first time I work in a peacekeeping mission. What motivated me to come here is that I can continue my development as a pilot and I can at the same be of service to Mali as well as to my country. By flying on reconnaissance patrols, I feel I can help bring security and some more stability and tranquilly to the Malian people.”

El Salvador, a small country of about six million people, is committed to international support and peacekeeping as an operational philosophy. It contributes militarily with three helicopters and a contingent of ninety peacekeepers to MINUSMA. The armed helicopter unit, named "Torogoz" after an emblematic bird in El Salvador, includes pilots, maintenance teams, medical personnel, and marines.

Its main mission is to conduct day and night air patrols, providing support to troops on the ground.

The contingent represents nearly half of the country’s entire fleet of MD500Es and is one of its military’s most significant international deployments. It is the first time Salvadorian forces have operated independently of any direct support from any other country as part of a UN operation.

For the contingent commander, Colonel Jose Leon, having a woman on board is a real advantage when it comes to gain trust of local communities.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Colonel Jose Leon, El Salvador Contingent Commander:
“Captain Hernandez Vega is the only female pilot we have here in the mission, for now. What I can say is that she is a very professional woman, qualified to be here. She was trained together with other women, same as the other pilots to come here. This helps perhaps to get closer to the local population here in Mali, as they see her as a woman, tender towards the Malian children.”

Today, some 13,000 peacekeepers from more than 50 countries, serve in MINUSMA. Operating in a highly volatile environment far away from their families, peacekeepers make sacrifices in the service of peace every day.
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