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02 Jun 2018 description

Mogadishu, 1 June 2018 – The Ugandan government today donated foodstuff to flood-affected families in Golwayn, in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region.

The lorry-loads of assorted food consisting of rice, wheat flour, sugar, cooking oil and milk, was delivered through the Ugandan AMISOM contingent.

Uganda’s Deputy Ambassador to Somalia, Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha flagged off the food convoy.

17 May 2018 description

Mogadishu, 17 May 2018 - The top African Union Special Representative for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Madeira has reiterated AMISOM’s support for the recently endorsed transition plan but called for a cautious implementation to protect gains made in stabilizing the country.

Ambassador Madeira made the remarks, on Wednesday, while presiding at a medal awards ceremony for 21 staff officers, who will be rotating out of the Mission after completing their tour of duty.

16 May 2018 description

Mogadishu, 16 May 2018 – President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has promised to ensure Somalia holds the next elections under a new constitutional order.

The President made assurance, yesterday, in a speech read on his behalf by the Speaker of the House of the People, Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman, at the end of a three-day national constitutional convention in Mogadishu.

He noted that the search for a new constitution had taken too long since it was launched in Djibouti, in the year 2000, adding that the process must be speeded up.

13 May 2018 description

Mogadishu, 13 May 2018 - Somalia today launched the constitutional review process at a national convention held in Mogadishu and attended by Members of Parliament, religious leaders, civil society and international partners.

Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, who led the nation in launching the process, pledged financial and political support to the process to ensure the country gets a new Constitution by the end of next year.

13 May 2018 description

Mogadishu, 13 May 2018 - Somalia has assured a joint team from the African Union and the United Nations reviewing the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) of its commitment to assume security responsibilities as stipulated in the transition plan.

02 May 2018 description

The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Nyanduga, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) met with AMISOM as part of on-going consultations with human rights stakeholders in Somalia in his 5th Mission to Somalia.

During the meeting, AMISOM and the Independent Expert discussed a wide range of issues including action taken by AMISOM to strengthen its international humanitarian law and human rights compliance and accountability mechanisms in AMISOM’s conduct of military operations in Somalia.

01 May 2018 description

Belet Weyne, 1 May 2018 – A team comprising African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops and Somali national security forces has evacuated more than 10,000 people marooned by the raging floods in Belet Weyne, HirShabelle state.

The rescue mission was led by the Col Abdourahman Rayale Hareed, the Commander of Djibouti’s Hiil 5 Battalion, who appealed for food and medical supplies to help the flood victims.

27 Apr 2018 description

Mogadishu, 27 April 2018 – AMISOM Police is conducting training on biometric registration for federal government of Somalia staff to help spearhead the integration of pro-government militias into the Somali national security forces.

Officials from the Ministry of Internal Security are attending the two-day course, in Mogadishu, to acquire the necessary skills needed to register members of armed pro-government groups operating in Galmudug state. A team of officers have already been trained in Jubbaland and South West states to perform the same function.

26 Apr 2018 description

Nairobi, 26 April 2018 – Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) officials are now set to embark on the electoral boundary delimitation exercise following intensive three-day training in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

The Commission’s chairperson, Halima Ismail Ibrahim, said the exercise will start in earnest next year ahead of the one-person one-vote elections in 2020.

25 Apr 2018 description

Kismayo, 24 April 2018 – A contingent of Sierra Leone police officers who arrived in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo last Tuesday, to boost the capacity of the local Police, have started work in earnest.

A total of 160 police officers, from the Formed Police Unit (FPU), Sierra Leone’s largest deployment in Somalia to date, is in Jubbaland state, as part of a surge capacity that is fast tracking the implementation of policing programmes.

18 Apr 2018 description

Mogadishu, 18 April 2017 - A two-day conference on Improvised Explosive devices (IEDs), ended yesterday in Mogadishu, with a call to partners to help Somalia develop capacity to tackle the potent threat.

The Bi-annual conference acknowledged that the indiscriminate use of IEDs by Al-Shabaab militants posed a major risk to the achievement of long lasting peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country and emphasized efforts that will decisively tackle the problem.

16 Apr 2018 description

Mogadishu, 16 April 2018 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has called for concerted efforts, to defeat the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to security forces and civilian populations in Somalia.

Ambassador Madeira made the remarks during the official opening of the fourth Bi-annual Counter IED Conference, in Mogadishu today.

14 Apr 2018 description

Mogadishu, 14 April 2018 - Senior commanders from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), have concluded weeklong deliberations on their transition plan in Somalia.

The commanders evaluated the status of the implementation of the plan, which includes launching operations to flush out Al-Shabaab remnants; and building the capacity of the Somali security forces, to enable them take over the security of the country, as stipulated in the country’s National Security Architecture, agreed to by political leaders in April 2017.

06 Apr 2018 description

Mogadishu, 6 April 2018 – Dozens of youth hit the pavement in the Somali capital today, taking part in the city’s first mini-marathon in decades to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

The four-kilometre race, which took place on some of Mogadishu’s main roads amid sweltering conditions, was organised by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to promote peace and unity among youth.

06 Apr 2018 description

As you are all aware, we are going through difficult political challenges. The Lower House of the Somali Parliament also known as the House of the People is now divided into two factions opposing each other.

This standoff culminated in a political and security situation last Wednesday, leading to the intervention of AMISOM Forces working in support of, and coordination with the Somali National Security Forces to address the situation.

29 Mar 2018 description

Mogadishu, 28 March 2018 - Somalia is taking concrete steps to develop a more inclusive National Action Plan, aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism in the Horn of Africa country.

The new plan, will factor in the views and needs of all stakeholders, including the Federal Member States, to enable the implementation of a comprehensive strategy, that will tackle violent extremism in a more decisive manner.

29 Mar 2018 description

Mogadishu, 28 March 2018 - A team of 39 military medical personnel from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have successfully completed a three-day orientation on emergency evacuations, management of casualties and trauma patients, in highly stressed environments.

The orientation, undertaken by medical personnel operating in combat zones, is part of the AU Mission’s medical support plan aimed at ensuring that all its medical personnel are well versed in battlefield First Aid, casualty evacuations and care, handling drug stockpiles and disposal of medical waste.

24 Mar 2018 description

Beletweyne, Baidoa, Kismayo, Adado – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has concluded gender awareness training for Somali police officers in four regional states in Somalia, to help broaden their knowledge on human rights.

Over 98 police officers and other security personnel were trained in Kismayo, Baidoa, Beletweyne, the administrative capitals of Jubbaland, South West states and Hiiraan region respectively, with the most recent being in Adado, the headquarters of Galmudug state.

23 Mar 2018 description

Mogadishu, 22 March 2018 - A total of thirty personnel from the Somali security forces, drawn from across the country, concluded a three-day capacity building workshop on child protection, in the capital Mogadishu, on Thursday.

The training organized by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and supported by the British Embassy in Somalia, sensitized the local security forces on the perils of engaging children in armed conflict and ways of preventing their recruitment and use in armed conflict.

19 Mar 2018 description

Mogadishu, 19 March 2018 - The third intelligence and information sharing conference, aimed at forging closer working ties between various intelligence actors in Somalia, opened in the capital Mogadishu today.

The Deputy Force Commander of the AU Mission in Somalia, Maj-Gen Charles Tai Gituai is rooting for more efficient intelligence sharing modalities among the actors, in order to maximize results.