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Cunnart

BBC ALBA – Friday 27 December at 9pm

Cunnart

BBC ALBA - Dihaoine 27 Dùbhlachd aig 9.00f

bomb disposal expert with Angelina Jolie

BBC ALBA OFFERS A POIGNANT INSIGHT INTO LIFE AS A BOMB DISPOSAL EXPERT

BBC ALBA presents a thought-provoking documentary, ‘Cunnart’, which offers a unique insight into Donald MacDonald’s life as a landmine and bomb disposal expert.

Originally from Shader in the Isle of Lewis but living in Forres, Donald has spent the past twenty years living and working in some of the world’s most troubled regions – Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and South Sudan.

In Afghanistan, where the situation at times is so dangerous that Donald is hardly able to leave the compound where he lives due to the constant threat of attack, we see the challenges he faces in simply trying to do his job.

Contrast this with South Sudan today, the newest country in the world, where he is warmly welcomed after having spent time in the country previously. Tasked with recruiting and training teams to work on a United Nations contract, locals are keen to get involved with the project to clear their land, littered with unexploded bombs and landmines after a civil war which lasted over two decades.

Donald also recalls his time in Laos, the most bombed country in the world, where the locals were desperate for their contaminated land to be freed from bombs and landmines - a legacy of the Vietnam War.

Throughout ‘Cunnart’ we gain an insight into a man who is cool, calm and collected – necessary qualities when faced with danger on a daily basis. We also meet his colleagues and other professionals working in the field such as Scot, Leslie Johnston. Leslie works for the Red Cross and has newly arrived in South Sudan from a previous posting in Afghanistan. An Ortho Prosthesist, his mission is to create prosthetic limbs for those injured by landmines, thus offering them a greater quality of life and prospects for the future.

Through Donald’s family in Scotland, we hear of their pride in his work, how he is saving lives and contributing to the development of different countries, but also of the impact that it has on their lives. We also hear about one of Donald’s better days at work: escorting Angelina Jolie on a Mines Advisory Group session and spending time explaining the requirements of the profession to her, a story and photos he loves to share at any opportunity!

‘Cunnart’ was produced by BBC Gàidhlig for BBC ALBA and will be broadcast on Friday 27 December at 9pm.

Anns a’ phrògram ùr inntinneach seo, bidh BBC ALBA a’ toirt sealladh air leth air an t-saoghal aig Dòmhnall Dòmhnallach a tha ag obair a’ dèanamh cinnteach gu bheil bombaichean ‘s mèinnean talmhainn air an dèanamh sàbhailte, gus nach dèan iad an tuilleadh sgrios.

À Siadar ann an Eilean Leòdhais o thùs ach an-diugh a’ fuireach ann am Farrais, tha Dòmhnall Dòmhnallach air an fhichead bliadhna mu dheireadh a chuir seachad ann an cuid de na dùthchannan as cunnartaiche san t-saoghal – Ioràc, Afganastan, Sri Lanca agus Sudan a Deas – às dèidh bliadhnaichean a chuir seachad san RAF.

Ann an Afganastan, cha mhòr nach eil e do-dhèante do Dhòmhnall obair a dhèanamh ann an dùthaich far nach eil cunnart uair sam bith ro fhada air falbh. Tha an suidheachadh ga fhàgail gu math mì-thoilichte.

Tha seo gu tur eadar-dhealaichte bhon t-suidheachadh ann an Sudan a Deas, an dùthaich as ùire san t-saoghal. An sin, tha Dòmhnall an urra ri bhith a’ fastadh agus a’ trèanadh sgiobaidhean gus cur às do mhèinnean agus bhombaichean às leth nan Dùthchannan Aonaichte. Tha ùidh mhòr aig muinntir an àite sa phròiseict gus an talamh aca a ghlanadh às dèidh fichead bliadhna de chogadh shìobhalta.

Tha sinn cuideachd a’ cluinntinn mun ùine a chuir Dòmhnall seachad ann an Laos, dùthaich air a bheil barrachd bombaichean air tuiteam na dùthaich sam bith eile, grunn dhiubh ri linn Cogach Bhietnam.

Tro “Chunnart,” tha sinn a’ faighinn sealladh air duine a tha foighidneach agus èasgaidh – rud a dh’fheumas e a bhith ’s e a’ dèiligeadh ri diofar chunnartan gach latha. Tha sinn a’ coinneachadh ri cuid den fheadhainn a tha ag obair cuide ri Dòmhnall, nam measg an t-Albannach Leslie Johnston a tha ag obair dhan Chrois Dheirg. Chan eil Leslie e fhèin air a bhith ag obair ro fhada ann an Sudan a Deas, ghluais e o chionn beagan mhìosan às dèidh ùine a chuir seachad ann an Afganastan. ‘S ann a’ dèanamh làmhan is casan fuadain don fheadhainn a th’ air a bhith air an goirteachadh le mèinnean is bombaichean a tha Leslie, le obair a’ toirt cothrom do mhuinntir na sgìre beatha ùr a thòiseachadh.

Tro theaghlach Dhòmhnaill ann an Alba, tha sinn a’ cluinntinn mun phròis a th’ aca mun obair a tha e a’ dèanamh, ‘s e a’ sàbhaladh beatha dhaoine agus a’ cur ri leasachadh ann an diofair dhùthchannan. Ach, tha iad cuideachd a’ toirt iomradh air a’ bhuaidh a tha an obair seo air a thoirt orrasan. Tha Dòmhnall cuideachd ag innse dhuinn mu aon de na làithean as fheàrr a th’ air a bhith aige, sin an latha a choinnich e ri Angelina Jolie ‘s e ag obair dha Mines Advisory Group – uaireannan tha buannachd anns an obair as duilghe!

Chaidh Cunnart a riochdachadh le BBC Gàidhlig airson BBC ALBA agus thèid a chraoladh air Dihaoine 27 Dùbhlachd aig 9f.


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