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Peter Goulding

Peter Goulding, 48, joined RedR in 1987 and went on his first assignment in 1991. He is a drainage engineer at Tameside Council.

My most dangerous assignment, a water supply and sanitation project with Oxfam in 1992, has to have been in Somalia where there was no law and order - or at least the only order was that of the gun.

There were guns being fired all the time. I had a gun pointed at me by a guy who wanted my sunglasses.

The local engineer I was with thought it was really funny that I was being held up for a pair of shades. So I handed them to him - 'here, you have them since you think this is so amusing'. It defused the situation - I walked away. And my local engineer stopped laughing.

On another occasion a Kalashnikov went off accidentally in the back of the car I was travelling in. The gunman was shot in the foot and the local engineer was hit in the leg. We thought initially that the car was under attack. That was pretty frightening.

In Somalia guns are used to scare children away from construction sites when they become too inquisitive. That's fine unless one of the 10 year olds you are trying to scare has a gun too.

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