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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.

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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)

WHO responds to cholera cases in Sudan (11.09.2019)

Two cholera treatment centres are treating patients in Blue Nile State and a dedicated isolation centre has been established for cholera case management.

KHARTOUM, Sudan, September 11, 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with national health authorities and partners to respond to cases of cholera in Blue Nile State in south-eastern Sudan.

Between 28 August and 10 September, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health reported at least 51 cases of acute watery diarrhoea in Blue Nile State, including at least 3 deaths. Samples taken from 6 patients and sent for analysis to the Ministry’s National Public Health Laboratory showed that 4 of the 6 samples tested positive for Vibrio cholerae.

“Due to suboptimal health conditions and poor safe water and sewage system structures, exacerbated by polluted water sources caused by recent floods, there is a risk of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases spreading if no immediate response interventions take place,” said Dr Naeema Al Gasseer, WHO Representative in Sudan.

To monitor and contain the outbreak, WHO has surged a team of public health experts to Blue Nile State; other international experts will soon follow. The WHO team is working with health authorities to strengthen disease surveillance, provide medical treatment for patients, distribute laboratory supplies, monitor water quality and chlorinate public water supplies, and promote health education and hygiene among affected and at-risk communities. Two cholera treatment centres are treating patients in Blue Nile State, and a dedicated isolation centre has been established for cholera case management. To date, 30 patients have been discharged after receiving treatment.

Early and effective response is the best means to stopping an outbreak in its tracks. Given the timely recognition of the cholera cases by the Federal Ministry of Health with full transparency in reporting to WHO under the International Health Regulations, and the swift scale-up of response, we are hopeful that we can soon contain this disease and minimize the number of cases,” added Dr Al-Gasseer.

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.

African Union: Communiqué of the 873rd meeting of the PSC held on 5 September 2019 on the maritime boundary dispute between the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Republic of Kenya (05.09.2019)

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.”

Somalia: Abdirizak Fartaag letter to UN Secretary General Guterres – “Re: One Hundred Days in Somalia” (03.09.2019)

Somalia: UN warns of lowest cereal production since 2011 (02.09.2019)

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