MALI / BRITISH BLUE HELMETS PATROL

07-Apr-2021 00:04:46
The Long-Range Reconnaissance Task Group of MINUSMA British contingent has carried out a continuous physical presence for 28 days from Gao to Tassiga, on a mission to protect civilians in this area, which has seen numerous security incidents. MINUSMA
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STORY: MALI / BRITISH BLUE HELMETS PATROL
TRT: 04:46
SOURCE: MINUSMA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: MARCH 2021, BETWEEN TASSIGA AND ANSONGO, MALI
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1. Various shots, British contingent patrolling village
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Major Jamie Powell, Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment:
“We’ve been on this patrol now for 24 days. The purpose of the patrol is to understand what is going on in local towns and villages and to understand the problems that those villages have, mainly focusing on the security concerns. It is also to reassure the local population that MINUSMA is here providing security in support of the Malian Defence and Security Forces and finally it is to deter terrorist activity.”
3. Various shots, British contingent patrolling village
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Major Jamie Powell, Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment:
“Whenever we go into a village people are sometimes too scared to talk to us and give us information. Obviously we don’t want to put anyone’s life at risk or put them in danger but we need to get the information so that we can help provide security in the area.”
5. Various shots, British contingent patrolling village
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Major Jamie Powell, Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment:
“So, we’ve seen a large number of results. I think the most tangible thing for us is when we patrol into a village and the locals are very happy to see us. A lot of people ask us if we can stay in the area forever to continue to provide security. I think one of the greatest strengths of our Task Group is our ability to endure in an area for a period of time which is what most people want. To see a MINUSMA presence or FAMA presence for a longer period of time. In this area the locals have been asking for a FAMA presence and tomorrow morning we will be patrolling back into the area to conduct a handover with FAMA who are going to have a presence in the area for a period of time. This is a fantastic result, which allows us to deliver exactly what the people are asking for and it is MINUSMA supporting FAMA to deliver security for the Malian people.”
7. Various shots, British contingent patrolling village
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Poppy Rogers, British Peacekeeper:
“It’s been a really good experience visiting a number of different villages and meeting a lot of the local population. Hopefully our presence has had a good impact, reassured local communities and deterred terrorist activity.”
9. Various shots, British contingent patrolling village
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Poppy Rogers, British Peacekeeper:
“I’d very much encourage women to join this job and do a peacekeeping role.”
11. Various shots, British contingent patrolling village
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Joshua Kelly, British Peacekeeper:
“We’ve been out on the ground for 24 days now. It’s a fantastic role that we have bee fulfilling in Mali and I’d encourage anyone to be peacekeeper. The work that we are doing here, experience that we are gaining and the capabilities that we are giving back is definitely a fantastic opportunity.”
13. Various shots, British soldiers talking to Malian Defence Forces
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Lieutenant Lancinet Camara, Malian Defence Forces:
“The collaboration between MINUSMA and FAMA in this sector is very good. Especially in terms of information exchange between us. We wish this good collaboration continues.”
STORYLINE
The Long-Range Reconnaissance Task Group of MINUSMA British contingent has carried out a continuous physical presence for 28 days from Gao to Tassiga, on a mission to protect civilians in this area, which has seen numerous security incidents.
The deployed British contingent peacekeepers spoke to communities in these villages to learn more about their concerns.
SOUNDBITE (English) Major Jamie Powell, Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment:
“Whenever we go into a village people are sometimes too scared to talk to us and give us information. Obviously, we don’t want to put anyone’s life at risk or put them in danger but we need to get the information so that we can help provide security in the area.”
To protect the village from possible reprisals, Major Powell decided to spend an extra night there, to wait for the FAMA anti-terrorist force that arrived the next day to leave a detachment before continuing on to another village where the patrol had observed suspicious activity.
From Gao to Tassiga via Ansongo, the British contingent of MINUSMA, progressed over 1,200 km, maintaining permanent contact with the Malian armed forces (FAMA).
A collaboration appreciated by the Malian side.
SOUNDBITE (French) Lieutenant Lancinet Camara, Malian Defence Forces:
“The collaboration between MINUSMA and FAMA in this sector is very good. Especially in terms of information exchange between us. We wish this good collaboration continues.”
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