Beyond Bombs is HALO’s brand new podcast series. Each episode will feature eyewitness accounts and expert analysis from the men and women who work in 30 countries across the globe to clear the bullets, grenades and landmines left behind by war so that families can rebuild their lives.
Hosted by JJ Chalmers:
JJ Chalmers used to be a Royal Marine commando but was severely injured by an improvised explosive device whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2011. Today he is an Invictus Games Gold medalist, has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and presented the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
HALO has always employed women from war-torn countries to clear their own communities. But how do bombs and conflict affect women differently? And how does a job as a deminer empower women in some of the traditional societies where HALO works? JJ talks to campaigner Camilla Thurlow about her experience working alongside HALO female deminers in Cambodia and Zimbabwe, as well as her time with another organisation in Afghanistan, while Noku Masiyanise from HALO Zimbabwe talks about the challenges faced by rural women in her country and how HALO is providing unique opportunities for them—and how baby boxes and childcare have a role in helping women contribute to making their country safe.
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12 June | NPR
What will be the human cost of clearing Ukraine of landmines and unexploded bombs? What are the wider geopolitical implications of Putin’s war? JJ Chalmers talks with military historian Sir Hew Strachan, Emma Sky, Director of Yale University's International Leadership Centre and HALO’s CEO Major General James Cowan.
10 August | CBS News
4 July | Sky News
The shelling of Ukrainian cities has shown the world the horror of conflict in densely populated urban centres. For those of us tasked with clearing unexploded ordnance, the collapsed or ‘pancaked’ concrete buildings that have been reduced to rubble by air or rocket propelled munitions presents an enormous challenge. In this episode, JJ speaks to Dr. Farid Houmayon, Programme Manager of HALO Afghanistan about the urban clearance of Kabul in the 1990s, Simon Conway on lessons learnt from Jaffna to Fallujah and how their experiences will inform HALO Ukraine Manager Mairi Cunningham and her team in Kharkiv and the suburbs of Kyiv. Plus find out how Angelina Jolie lent some vital support...