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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.

13 Mar 2018 description

Mogadishu, 13 March 2018 - The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Madeira today held discussions with the President of HirShabelle state Mohamed Abdi Waare on the security transition plan by the regional peacekeeping force and how to intensify the war against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

09 Mar 2018 description

Mogadishu, 9 March 2018 - Female peacekeepers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) yesterday marked the International Women’s Day with a call on governments to enlist more women in peacekeeping missions.

The women drawn from all the Troop and Police Contributing Countries (TCCs) and Somali national security institutions, gathered in Mogadishu to take stock of their contribution to peace in Somalia, Africa and the world and also press for the deployment of more women in peacekeeping missions.

02 Mar 2018 description

Mogadishu, 2 March 2018 - Foreign affairs and defence ministers from AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) yesterday warned that gains made in Somalia risk being eroded if outstanding issues such as inadequate troop numbers and unpredictable funding are not addressed.

The ministers, who are attending a TCCs meeting in Kampala, Uganda, reiterated the stand taken by their respective countries’ chiefs of defence forces, a day earlier, that the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) needs more support to enable it execute its mandate of securing Somalia.

28 Feb 2018 description

Mogadishu, 28 February 2018 - Somali women legislators today resolved to work together in parliament to push for laws targeting the protection of the rights of women, children and marginalized groups.

The legislators from both the House of the People and Upper House made the resolution at the end of the three-day workshop, organized by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), to train them on their legislative roles.

27 Feb 2018 description

Mogadishu, 27 February 2018 - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali government have pledged to complement each other in the fight against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

The announcement comes four days after a twin bomb attack in the capital, Mogadishu, killed at least 50 people and a subsequent shootout, between AMISOM soldiers and the National Intelligence Service Agency (NISA) officers, left one officer dead.

26 Feb 2018 description

Mogadishu-February 24th, 2018; The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has strongly condemned yesterday’s twin attacks on innocent civilians in Mogadishu.

Yesterday, between 6:00pm and 7:00pm, two vehicles loaded with explosives detonated near NISA Headquarters and Villa Somalia and al-Shabaab elements started firing at innocent civilians.

15 Feb 2018 description

Baidoa, 14 February 2018 – AMISOM Police is conducting a 10-day training course on security and criminal investigation for South West Police Force in Baidoa.

Twenty officers, 16 male and 4 female, drawn from different parts of South West state are attending the training, whose objective is to strengthen the force’s capability to investigate crimes and prosecute suspects.

13 Feb 2018 description

Mogadishu, 13 February 2018 - A delegation from the African Union Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) is in Somalia to assess peacekeeping activities as the transfer of responsibilities from AMISOM to Somali national security forces begin to take shape.

During its four-day stay in Somalia, the 10-man delegation will hold discussions with top officials from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), the Federal Government of Somalia and Ambassadors of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs).

28 Jan 2018 description

Mogadishu, 27 January 2018 - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has concluded the induction of a multinational team of newly deployed police officers to Somalia, from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia.

Forty officers underwent a weeklong induction training, an integral part of Somalia’s transition process. The group will be at the forefront of mentoring and training local police forces in the management of law and order, as the country rebuilds its security institutions.

19 Jan 2018 description

Mogadishu – The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), in conjunction with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN, the European Union and other key international partners, have established a Transition Core Group, which is tasked with the responsibility of developing a transition plan for Somalia.

Headed by the National Security Advisor (NSA) to the President of the Federal Government, the Transition Core Group’s Terms of Reference include assisting with transition approaches, and delivering a draft transition plan, by March this year.