Derek and me
By Pam Steele, Supply Chain Consultant
This is me with ‘Derek’ the deminer in full gear at MAG’s HQ in Manchester, where I’m providing consultancy.
Early in my career I worked for World Vision in southern Sudan where some of the ground was filled with landmines. I recall an incident when a convoy of trucks that I had dispatched to Bahr el Ghazal with seeds and tools hit mines.
Some convoy members lost their lives and others were badly hurt and lost limbs. That was when I came to understand the devastating nature of this hidden evil.
I was recently privileged to hear a presentation by MAG Chief Executive Nick Roseveare on his recent programme visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which gave me much insight.
What appeals to me most about MAG is the humanitarian aspect of the work.
Removing the mines impacts whole communities by restoring safe access to water, shelter, food, and provision of emergency aid and essential life-saving information.
People can walk without fear to fetch water from rivers and children can go to school and play in the fields once ‘owned’ by landmines.
I hope that our consultancy over the next three months will contribute to the impact of MAG worldwide.
Pam is a Supply Chain Consultant, humanitarian and development, and an Executive Doctorate (DBA) Researcher at Cranfield University, researching public health supply chains in developing countries.
Her previous roles include Supply Chain Specialist (Capacity Development) for UNICEF, Humanitarian Logistics Specialist for UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and Deputy Head of Logistics & Supply at Oxfam Great Britain.