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Somalia Partnership Forum: Communique (02.10.2019)

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Somalia: NSA Abdisaid M. Ali letter to the Director of Kenya World Bank Carlos Felipe Jaramillo (24.09.2019)

Somalia: The International Somalia Partnership Forum – Press Release (30.09.2019)

Opinion: A panga for your thoughts…

Sometimes my mind wonders. Because of that, I really start to wonder! How many has die in certain conflicts before they really matters? How many innocent lives has to be taken, before the international community and the world as whole want it too stop?

I don’t have the answers, I don’t, but its tiring to know and have the knowledge of conflicts. See the steady stream of figures, estimated deaths and breaking news, bulletins and minor side-notes on the conflicts that is happening in our time. If the superpowers or the in the United Nations Security Council isn’t involved. These conflicts are in the shadows, in the midst and the publicity is mediocre at best.

Therefore, you can wonder, how long the deaths of innocent civilians in the mercy of authorities in Burundi can persist. How long the silent war of the Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo and not forget the steady bombs in Mogadishu, Somalia. The civil war inside Cameroon, where the South-West and North-West regions are a battlefield for the central government to silence the separatists. These are just happening.

The other day an FDLR commando leader got killed, but didn’t hit the headlines. Which it should have, because that is fatal setback for the militia, which continues to cause havoc in the DRC. We should be worried, when these sort of things doesn’t get the headlines.

When the mere bomb killings several of people in Mogadishu doesn’t matter too. Unless, the Al-Shabaab is killing an American soldier or something. Because, the loss of AMISOM soldiers or nearly annexing of land to Kenya there doesn’t make head-weight. Just like there is no outcry nor about the possible takeover of 5 ports there either.

I am just wondering what it will take and how many has die to which point people thinks it is enough. Because, the state of affairs isn’t changing. The steady deaths, the refuge of people and other atrocities that goes unnoticed.

I am just wondering how many pangas has to be used before it is enough. How much blood it takes and how many has to stop breathing?

I don’t have the answer, but something got to give. It is too much pain and the sufferings continues for so many. We should be worried about that, because the lives are ruined and the uncertainty of the future for so many. Peace.

Somalia: Political Parties Press Statement in Response to the Galmudug Communique (17.09.2019)

Somalia: Ministry of Woman and Human Rights Development – Press Statement (16.09.2019)

United Nations and World Bank Group call for sustained funding to relieve suffering in Somalia (12.09.2019)

Somalia: AMISOM helps families affected by drought in Dhobley (07.09.2019)

 

Mogadishu 07 September 2019 – Female soldiers serving in the Kenyan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have launched an initiative to support families affected by drought in southern Somalia.

On Friday the troops distributed rice, sugar, beans, biscuits, fruit and other food items to about 150 households. Most of the beneficiaries were widows, orphans, and the elderly.

The commander of the AMISOM Kenyan contingent, Brig. Gen. Dickson Ruto oversaw the distribution. Brig. Gen. Ruto said that his contingent would partner with community-based organisations to deliver food and medical services to families in need.

He added that the AMISOM female troops would jointly implement the initiative with their female counterparts in the Somali National Army (SNA) and Jubbaland state security forces.

“There is a serious drought across Somalia. It is important that we focus on the less privileged, particularly widows, orphans, and internally displaced persons who don’t have enough food at this very critical moment,” said Brig. Gen. Ruto.

The Administrator of Dhobley Town, Siyad Mohamed Hassan was grateful for the initiative, and called for more cooperation between AMISOM and local authorities in order to secure and help develop the area.

“We request that such efforts should not stop here. We should collaborate and participate in other areas such as public health and sanitation, sports, education, and rehabilitation of our roads,” added Siyad.

Nimo Abdi Bule, a member of the Daryeel Women’s Group in Dhobley and herself a beneficiary, said, “We are thankful to Allah, and appreciate the assistance from AMISOM.”

Capt. Lynette Rachi, who commanded the females within the AMISOM Kenyan contingent said the food donation would offer relief to vulnerable families, especially mothers, affected by the drought conditions.

“At the end of the day, all that a mother needs is to put food on the table for her children. So, the little we were able to get from the AMISOM headquarters, we were happy to share and have a great day together,” said Capt. Rachi.

Somalia: AMISOM, UN discuss use and maintenance of military equipment (05.09.2019)

Mogadishu, 05 September – Troop and police contributing countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) met to discuss the status of equipment used by AMISOM.

The two-day meeting which ended yesterday, took place in Mogadishu and was attended by AMISOM military officers from the contingents of Burundi, Kenya, and Uganda, which receive equipment from international partners.

Among other matters, the meeting discussed challenges faced concerning servicing of partner-owned equipment used by the AMISOM contingents, particularly the high rate of equipment wear and tear due to the harsh operating environment.

Bilateral partners such as the United States and the United Kingdom provide AMISOM with armoured personnel carriers and engineering equipment. UNSOS is mandated under UN Security Council Resolution 2245 of 2015, to ensure that the equipment is well maintained.

Maj. Gen. Lakara the AMISOM Deputy Force Commander in charge of Operations and Plans observed that there are documented challenges with maintaining such equipment.

“Lack of spare parts remains the biggest challenge to servicing of partner-owned equipment. This I say from the various reports that I have read,” noted Maj. Gen. Lakara who officiated at the closure of the meeting.

Maj. Gen. Lakara hailed international partners that provide support in the form of equipment donations to enhance the capabilities of AMISOM contingents to carry out anti-insurgent operations.

“Much of the achievements today would not have been possible without the provision of such equipment by our partners,” Maj. Gen. Lakara noted.

UNSOS Senior Logistics Officer, Service Delivery, Mike Collins said UNSOS has a responsibility to keep the partner-owned equipment at about 75 percent serviceability. However, Collins noted that there was a shortfall in ensuring serviceability of equipment due to delivery challenges.

“This was a crucial meeting because we face challenges in maintenance of our partner-owned equipment,” said Collins, adding, “with better communication, we can achieve more.”

UNHCR Somalia stands in solidarity with millions forced to flee (20.06.2019)

Mogadishu, 20 June– On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Somalia pays tribute to the millions of people forcibly displaced all over the world.

World Refugee Day is marked on 20 June each year to highlight the courage and resilience of millions of people forced to flee war, conflict and persecution. The day is also an opportunity to express gratitude to governments and host populations that offer asylum, support and protection to refugees.

The theme for 2019 is “inclusion; inclusion of refugees, IDPs and stateless people”. This year, UNHCR is also rallying people around the world to honour the resilience and determination of displaced people in a global movement dubbed, “Step With Refugees”. The campaign invites people to step in solidarity with refugees by either walking, running, dancing, swimming or cycling. Regional organizations are also taking note of the crisis. The African Union declared 2019 as the year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs).

Globally, the displacement crisis in recent years has been unprecedented. At least one person is forcibly uprooted from their homes around the world every two seconds. In total, 70.8 million have been forced to flee their homes globally – among them 25.9 million refugees.

“We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record; and host countries need to ensure the active inclusion of refugees and other displaced families in their countries’ development agenda. Refugees and others in similar situations bring with them great skills and can make meaningful contributions in their communities. Giving them equal opportunities to use their skills also promotes self-reliance and empowerment.” said Takeshi Moriyama, UNHCR Acting Representative.

Somalia is at the epicentre of the refugee and displacement crisis. The country remains one of the top five refugee producing countries in the world with most of its nationals seeking asylum in neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya and Yemen. More than 2.6 people are also internally displaced mainly due to conflict, drought, floods and evictions. The majority of the internally displaced are located in Banadir, Bay, Sool, and Gedo and Bari regions.

Despite its own internal challenges, Somalia is generously hosting over 34,000 refugees and asylum seekers largely from Ethiopia and Yemen. They mainly live in Woqooyi Galbeed, Bari and Banadir regions. Somali nationals have also been returning home spontaneously from countries of asylum as well as through the UNHCR supported Voluntary Repatriation (Volrep) and the Assisted Spontaneous Return (ASR) Programs. UNHCR has received more than 126,000 returnees from 12 countries including Kenya, Yemen, Djibouti, Libya, Sudan, Eritrea, Tunisia, Angola, Gambia, Pakistan and Cambodia.

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