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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mogadishu, 1 September 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has reiterated its commitment to help establish a strong and professional police force capable of handling security challenges facing the horn of Africa country.
The remarks were made on Thursday by the AMISOM Police Coordinator for Operations, Daniel Ali Gwambal, during the closing ceremony of a 10-day training course on child protection and basic counter insurgency for Somali police officers held in Mogadishu. The training was conducted by officers from the AMISOM Police component.
Mogadishu, 21 August 2017 – A new battle group of the Burundi National Defence Force (BNDF) arrived in Somalia today, commencing a one year tour of duty under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
The 45th battalion of the BDNF, led by Lt. Col. Philbert Hatungimana, landed in Mogadishu on Sunday to replace battalion 39, which is rotating out after completing its tour of duty, during which it helped the Mission achieve its mandate of restoring peace and stabilizing Somalia.
Mogadishu, 24 July 2017 – A joint meeting of senior officials from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) opened in Mogadishu today, to lay groundwork for the transitioning of Somalia’s security from AMISOM to the country’s security forces.
The four-day meeting was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister H.E Mahdi Mohamed Guled and the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira.
Mogadishu, 16 July 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) would like to repudiate allegations by a local media organization, which claimed that its convoy killed a woman in Albao area, 20kms northwest of Mogadishu, on July 9, 2017. In the interest of the people of Somalia, AMISOM would like to state the following;
On 9 July 2017, an AMISOM convoy from Albao Forward Operating Base (FOB) ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which exploded and seriously damaged one of its vehicles.
Mogadishu, 08 July 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has donated to the Somali Federal Government, an assortment of food and non-food items to assist drought-affected, internally displaced communities.
Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, said the donation will benefit about 200 households living in a camp for internally displaced persons at Kilometre 13, in the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu.
Mogadishu, 30 June 2017 – A symposium bringing together Somali diaspora returnees and homeland communities ended yesterday with a call for regular dialogue to strengthen relations with between the two groups.
Participants at the two-day meeting said it was important for diaspora returnees and locals to dialogue regularly to understand each other and iron out the false perceptions that exist among them.
Kismayo, Baidoa, Belet Weyne, 15 June 2017 – A delegation of senior AMISOM Police officers visited Jubbaland, South West and HirShabelle states to assess the needs of the Somali Police and identify areas that require urgent support.
The delegation led by Police Commissioner Brig. Gen. Anand Pillay held meetings with top security officials in the administrative centres of Kismayo, Baidoa and Hiiran.
Mogadishu- June 6th, 2017: The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) dismisses as highly flawed, a research report on Somali perspectives on AMISOM published by the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) titled ‘They Say They Are Not Here To Protect Us’, published on 31 May 2017.