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03 Dec 2017 description

Kampala, 1 December 2017- The Federal Government of Somalia and federal member states want swift action taken in addressing the use of child soldiers in armed conflict in the country.

Key representatives from the two levels of government meet in Kampala, Uganda to brainstorm on how to prevent the recruitment of; and use of children in armed conflict.

01 Dec 2017 description

Nairobi, 1 December 2017 – The Somali Defector Rehabilitation Programme (DRP) has set out a detailed work plan on integrating and rehabilitating converts from violent opposition groups.

The priority plans include defector disarmament and community engagement at local level, training and technical support for the DRP, network building, financing and resource mobilization, advocacy and monitoring, establishing proper communication and reporting network, creation of defector rehabilitation database, and outreach.

28 Nov 2017 description

Nairobi, 27 November 2017 – A five-day workshop to train Somali officials on Countering Violent Extremism and the processes of reintegrating defectors is ongoing in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is training twenty participants drawn from Somalia’s Defector Rehabilitation Programme (DRP), on basic concepts and components of the Defector Rehabilitation Programme. At the end of the workshop the trainees should be in a position to identify actors and institutions involved in countering violent extremism.

26 Nov 2017 description

Mogadishu, 25 November 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) today launched the ‘16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign, aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in Somalia.

The campaign, launched by the AU Mission simultaneously in Somalia’s regional capitals, is part of a global campaign to create awareness about some of the most widespread human rights violations.

The global theme of the campaign this year is “Leave No One Behind – End Violence Against Women And Girls”.

23 Nov 2017 description

Mogadishu, 22 November 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia is facilitating a two-day workshop for members of the Somali National Security Forces, on how to engender women and support the integration of gender issues at work.

The training of at least 32 security sector personnel drawn from the Federal Government and federal member states, is supported by the British Embassy in Somalia.

05 Nov 2017 description

Mogadishu, 1 November 2017 – AMISOM is undertaking a series of troop movements, aimed at re-aligning contingent compositions in various forward operation bases across Somalia.

30 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu-October 28th, 2017 ; The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack at Nasa Hablood Hotel 2 in Mogadishu.

The AU Special Representative notes with sadness that this barbaric act coming just two weeks after the October 14th terrorist attack, points to a deliberate insistence by Al-Shabaab in targeting and taking the lives of innocent civilians and destruction of their source of livelihood.

24 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu 24, 2017 – The Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh has reiterated the Mission’s commitment to continue building the capacity of the Somali National Army (SNA), ahead of its planned exit.

Gen. Soubagleh made the remarks, on Monday, while meeting the new SNA Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Maj. Gen. Abdiweli Jama Hussein, who had paid him a courtesy call at the AMISOM Force Headquarters in Mogadishu.

21 Oct 2017 description

Nairobi, 21 October 2017 - The Training of Trainers (ToT) by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to prevent the recruitment and use of children as child soldiers in Somalia closed in Nairobi yesterday with participants calling for an end to the use of minors in armed conflict.

The 12-day training that involved at least 23 participants drawn from the Somali National Security Forces (military, police and intelligence) and Federal Government of Somalia officials noted that the issue of child soldiers is an evil that needs to be eradicated.

17 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu, 17 October 2017 - The Kenyan Government has donated an assortment of medical supplies to the Federal Government of Somalia to help treat victims of the recent bomb attack by Al-Shabaab militants.

The medical supplies, airlifted from Kenya, were handed over to the Federal Minister of Health and Social Services, Fawziya Abikar, by the Kenyan Ambassador to Somalia, Retired Maj. Gen. Lucas Tumbo. Also present to receive the consignment was the Mayor of Mogadishu, Thabit Abdi Mohamed.

17 Oct 2017 description

MOGADISHU, 17 October 2017 - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officers yesterday organised a blood donation drive in support of victims of the recent terror attack in Mogadishu.

Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh who led the drive at the AMISOM Force Headquarters urged both officers and civilians to turn up in large numbers and donate blood in aid of the bomb victims.

“As AMISOM, it’s a good and simple thing to donate blood; but we are ready to sacrifice our blood and lives,” the Force Commander said.

16 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu, 16 October 2017 – Security officers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) yesterday visited the scene of Saturday’s bomb blast to assess the damage and identify areas of support ahead of a massive cleanup operation.

The team led by the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Contingent Commander, Brig. Muhanga Kayanja, was received at the scene by Brig. Abdi Omar of the Somali National Army (SNA), who briefed the officers on the ongoing search and rescue operations, following the terror attack.

11 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu, 10 October 2017 - The African Union Mission in Somalia, (AMISOM) has today handed over an assortment of food items worth $100,000 to the Somali government to aid victims affected by drought.

The 67 metric tonnes comprising rice, sugar, beans and vegetable oil was officially handed over to the Federal government officials by the head of the Mission, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, on behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

09 Oct 2017 description

Baidoa, 9 October 2017 – AMISOM Police has donated an assortment of office equipment to the South West State Police Force to help enhance security in the regional state.

The equipment was handed over, last week, to Gen. Mahat Abdirahman Adan, the Commander of South West State Police Force, by John Ambayo, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Police Team Leader in South West state.

The equipment which included computers, printers, furniture, filing cabinets, solar lamps and stationery will be distributed to police stations in the federal state.

07 Oct 2017 description

DHOBLEY – Somali communities living in Dhobley, in Lower Juba region in southwestern Somalia have benefitted from various activities carried out by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops, under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The troops have been holding medical camps, renovating schools, hospitals, places of worship and donating scholastic materials, in support of needy communities under their area of responsibility.

06 Oct 2017 description

MARKA – Communities in Marka are using football to engage in mediation and promote reconciliation.

Members of two rival clans from Marka, in Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, who have fought each other for years, recently set aside their differences and unified in a game of football.

The Bimal and Abirigidir clansmen held a game at a football pitch in Ceeljale on 28th September.

29 Sep 2017 description

Mogadishu, 29 September 2017 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has strongly condemned last evening’s terrorist attack on civilians, at a market in a suburb in the capital Mogadishu.

A Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) targeting harmless city residents going about their daily activities, exploded at Hamarweyne market, leading to loss of innocent civilian lives.

26 Sep 2017 description

25 September 2017, Mogadishu – A symposium to review threats posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Somalia, and plan mitigating measures, opened in Mogadishu today.

Representatives from the AU Mission in Somalia, the Somali security forces, the UN and the British forces are attending the symposium, which will discuss the increasing threats and dangers posed by IEDs in the Horn of Africa country.

20 Sep 2017 description

Mogadishu, 19 September 2017 – The AU Mission in Somalia has trained sixty officers from the Somali security forces in the prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers in conflict.

The two-week training supported by the British government and the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, through the Dalhousie University of Canada, drew participants from the Somali military, police and intelligence services. Representatives of non-governmental organizations, federal and regional level member states, also participated in the training which ended today.