1. Focus On Somalia - ETHIOPIAN TROOPS IN SOMALIA

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    • SRSG NICHOLAS KAY VISIT JOWHAR

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      STORY: SRSG KAY VISITS JOWHAR TRT: 03:12 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI/NATS DATELINE: 17th MAY 2014, FILE 12th NOVEMBER 2013, JOWHAR, SOMALIA SHOTLIST: 1. Wide shot, UN delegation arriving in Jowhar 2. Med shot, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay greeting the Governor of Middle Shabelle Regions Abdi Jiinow Alasow 3. Close up shot, SRSG Kay 4. Wide shot, UN delegation leaving the helipad 5. Wide shot, Somali traditional dancers 6. Med shot, men dancing on the road 7. Wide shot, female traditional dancers on the road 8. Wide shot, meeting room with UN delegation and traditional elders 9. Med shot, UN SRSG, Nicholas Kay and Governor of Middle Shabelle Regions Abdi Jiinow Alasow at the high table 10. Close up, UN SRSG, Nicholas Kay and Governor of Middle Shabelle Regions Abdi Jiinow Alasow at the high table 11. Wide shot, meeting room with UN delegation and traditional elders 12. Med shot, meeting room with UN delegation and traditional elders 13. Close up, Somali lady in attendance 14. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Abdi Jiinow Alasow, Governor of Middle Shabelle Regions: “Countries in the world come to each other’s aid. The world came together to create the United Nations, which represents humanity wherever there is a crisis. This is why Nicholas Kay is here with us today. And whatever challenges that we will share today, it is our hope he will take into consideration and take it up to where they need to be dealt with.” 15. Wide shot, traditional elders listening to speakers 16. Med shot, traditional elders in attendance 17. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Kay, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia: “Thank you very much for your very warm welcome and hospitality. First, I’d like to ask you to reconcile. Your ceasefire is very good. Congratulations, it’s good. As the governor said, we need now to move to a real reconciliation between yourselves and build a lasting peace. It is the duty of the elders to bring back that harmony from the past. It is the duty of the elders now to really reconcile.” 18. Wide shot, meeting room with UN delegation and traditional elders DATELINE: FILE 12th NOIVEMBER 2013, JOWHAR, SOMALIA 19. Wide shot, aerials of Jowhar flash Floods 20. Med shot flash Floods 21. Close up, Jowhar flash Floods 22. Wide shot, internally displaced people setting up camp 23. Mid shot, internally displaced people setting up camp STORY: The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) for Somalia, Ambassador Nicholas Kay today (17th May 2014) made a historic visit to the town of Jowhar, in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region. Ambassador Kay is the highest-ranking UN official to visit the town for the first time in more than two decades. Accompanied by officials from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Ambassador Kay met with women, youth, elders and the local administration in a visit aimed at introducing the mandate of UNSOM, taking stock of the progress made in the development of Jowhar and identifying the residents’ needs. While welcoming the dignitaries, the Governor of the Middle Shabelle region, Abdi Jiinow Alasow, recognized the founding principle of the United Nations as a testament of the world’s collective concern for the welfare of its citizens. “Countries in the world come to each other’s aid. The world came together to create the United Nations, which represents humanity wherever there is a crisis. This is why Nicholas Kay is here with us today. And whatever challenges that we will share today, it is our hope he will take into consideration and take it up to where they need to be dealt with,” said Governor Alasow. Jowhar, a rich agricultural town lies 90 kilometres north of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. In November last year, inter-clan clashes were sparked off following a land dispute. The situation was further compounded by flash floods leading to a dire humanitarian crisis. The script and shot-list are available online: Get script here http://bit.ly/1vk8uBz

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      • AMISOM ETHIOPIAN TROOPS IN REGULAR PATROLS

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        STORY: AMISOM ETHIOPIAN TROOPS IN REGULAR PATROLS TRT: 2:14 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: AHMARIC /NATS DATELINE: 27/3/2014 BAIDOA, SOMALIA SHOTLIST: 1. Wide shot: Baidoa town 2. Medium shot: Baidoa town as AMISOM Ethiopian troops foot patrol 3. Medium shot: Baidoa town as AMISOM Ethiopian troops patrol 4. Close up: AMISOM Ethiopian soilder 5. Medium shot: Baidoa residents interacting with the Ethiopian troops 6. Close up: Baidoa residents interacting with the Ethiopian troops 7. Wide shot: AMISOM Ethiopian troops foot patrolling at the out skirts of Baidoa 8. Medium shot: AMISOM Ethiopian troops foot patrolling at the out skirts of Baidoa 9. Medium shot: AMISOM Ethiopian Sector Commander Brig. Gen. Gabre Madehin Fikadu briefing his Staff 10. Close up: AMISOM Ethiopian Sector Commander Brig. Gen. Gabre Madehin Fikadu briefing his Staff 11. Wide shot: Baidoa region map 12. SOUND BITE: AMISOM Ethiopian Sector Commander Brig. Gen. Gabre Madehin Fikadu: “The only difference we have from other troop contributing countries is not our colour or our appearance. Our aim is not to get any benefit out of the AMISOM Mission to which we have been deployed but to ensure that our neighbour Somalia gets peace and stability. This means a lot to us because if there is peace and stability in Somalia, there will be peace and stability in Ethiopia. So we are here for that and the people know that. They welcome us, they cheer us, they support us and that is the secret behind the success of our mission.” 13. Medium shot: AMISOM Ethiopian troops foot patrolling at the out skirts of Baidoa STORY: Members of the AMISOM Ethiopian contingent in Baidoa are engaged in regular foot patrols in a bid to boost security and eliminate any elements of al Shabaab in the area. Baidoa is the capital of the Bay region and is situated 256 Kilometres Northwest of Mogadishu. It was a stronghold of the al Qaeda linked terrorist group, the al Shabaab until its liberation in 2012. The Ethiopian troops assumed command of the area security, following their integration into AMISOM early this year. The area Sector Commander Brig. Gen. Gabre Madehin Fikadu says the force enjoys the support of the population in the area, an element that has been key to the success of their operations. “The only difference we have from other troop contributing countries is not our colour or our appearance. Our aim is not to get any benefit out of the AMISOM Mission to which we have been deployed but to ensure that our neighbour Somalia gets peace and stability. This means a lot to us because if there is peace and stability in Somalia, there will be peace and stability in Ethiopia. So we are here for that and the people know that. They welcome us, they cheer us, they support us and that is the secret behind the success of our mission,” he says. The Ethiopian troops have played an instrumental role under the ongoing offensive by AMISOM against al Shabaab liberating the towns of Hudur, Wajid and Buurdhuubo from the terror of the insurgents. The offensive has so far seen a total of 9 towns liberated and is to be extended to different parts of the country. Baidoa is an important business route for goods transported to and from Mogadishu to other parts of the region and enjoys relative peace. AMISOM peacekeepers conduct the patrols to ensure that the peace enjoyed is not disturbed. End.

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        • B-ROLL: SOMALIA FARMING REVAMPED

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          STORY: SOMALI FARMING REVAMPED TRT: 15:55 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS DATELINE: 6th MARCH 2014 MOGADISHU, 16 AUGUST MARCH 2013, AFGOYE, SOMALIA STORY Somali farmers have for the first time been able to supply high quality food to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP), providing supplies to be used to feed fellow countrymen. Farmers from South-central Somalia have sold 200 metric tons of high quality maize grain to WFP, which is to supply areas within the country that have inadequate food. This is a major breakthrough for the farmers, especially coming from an area that faced severe famine less than three years ago. In 2011, the United Nations declared that 4 million people in Somalia suffered food crisis, as the country suffered the worst drought to affect the East African region in 60 years. The farmers were supported by the European Union, Austria as well as the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP). Under the program, the farmers were trained by experts from FAO and WFP on different aspects including grading their grain, post-harvest handling as well as storage and warehouse management. These skills have been essential in ensuring good quality for the grain that meets the international standards required for purchase by WFP. Luca Alinovi, FAO’s outgoing representative for Somalia says their focus was on improving the quality of the farming in Afgoye. “FAO is the organization that helped the farmers, the local institutions to improve their agriculture and FAO’s role was to make sure that the farmers get all the knowledge and capacity to strengthen their productive capacity in order to meet the standards that are required by WFP to purchase the food, which is very complicated, normally it takes several seasons. The beauty of this thing is that the farmers in Afgoye were so good that in one season we were able to produce as per the international standards, which is required by WFP for international purchase,” he says. For Somali’s Minister for Agriculture, Abdi Ahmed Mohamed the revamping of the sector is significant to efforts aimed at reviving the economy, which has also been strained by decades of war. “Despite the 20 years of conflict in Somalia, the bread or the anjeera in the plates of the Somali people were produced by mainly from the Somalis. So farmers have been always engaged in the production. Our plan now is to revive the agricultural sector. Its recovery is not only a matter of producing agricultural products, it’s about recovering the whole economy and contributing to the stabilization and the peace,” he notes. The farmers’ aspirations are not only to feed their fellow countrymen but also to be a major grain supplier for the region. Musa Musa, a farmer from Afgoye says they have capacity for massive production but need support for it to be marketed extensively. “They told us, we are very glad, most of the maize we were bringing to Somalia from abroad, we will stop and then we will take your maize for the people of Somalia. And even the people of East Africa if possible. We can produce so much maize and many other grains if we get help. The only help which we need is to get market for our maize. We can produce the maize in any quantity they need,” he says. Farming in Somalia, like other sectors has been greatly affected by the conflict, stretching over 2 decades, bringing all activity to a halt while the police suffered severe famine. Today, the country however enjoys relative peace facilitated by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has made it possible for such activities to take off. The farmers remain hopeful that this milestone will be the beginning of many others to come. End.

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          • SOMALIA FARMING REVAMPED

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            STORY: SOMALI FARMING REVAMPED TRT: 03:26 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS DATELINE: 6th MARCH 2014 MOGADISHU, 16 AUGUST MARCH 2013, AFGOYE, SOMALIA STORY Somali farmers have for the first time been able to supply high quality food to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP), providing supplies to be used to feed fellow countrymen. Farmers from South-central Somalia have sold 200 metric tons of high quality maize grain to WFP, which is to supply areas within the country that have inadequate food. This is a major breakthrough for the farmers, especially coming from an area that faced severe famine less than three years ago. In 2011, the United Nations declared that 4 million people in Somalia suffered food crisis, as the country suffered the worst drought to affect the East African region in 60 years. The farmers were supported by the European Union, Austria as well as the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP). Under the program, the farmers were trained by experts from FAO and WFP on different aspects including grading their grain, post-harvest handling as well as storage and warehouse management. These skills have been essential in ensuring good quality for the grain that meets the international standards required for purchase by WFP. Luca Alinovi, FAO’s outgoing representative for Somalia says their focus was on improving the quality of the farming in Afgoye. “FAO is the organization that helped the farmers, the local institutions to improve their agriculture and FAO’s role was to make sure that the farmers get all the knowledge and capacity to strengthen their productive capacity in order to meet the standards that are required by WFP to purchase the food, which is very complicated, normally it takes several seasons. The beauty of this thing is that the farmers in Afgoye were so good that in one season we were able to produce as per the international standards, which is required by WFP for international purchase,” he says. For Somali’s Minister for Agriculture, Abdi Ahmed Mohamed the revamping of the sector is significant to efforts aimed at reviving the economy, which has also been strained by decades of war. “Despite the 20 years of conflict in Somalia, the bread or the anjeera in the plates of the Somali people were produced by mainly from the Somalis. So farmers have been always engaged in the production. Our plan now is to revive the agricultural sector. Its recovery is not only a matter of producing agricultural products, it’s about recovering the whole economy and contributing to the stabilization and the peace,” he notes. The farmers’ aspirations are not only to feed their fellow countrymen but also to be a major grain supplier for the region. Musa Musa, a farmer from Afgoye says they have capacity for massive production but need support for it to be marketed extensively. “They told us, we are very glad, most of the maize we were bringing to Somalia from abroad, we will stop and then we will take your maize for the people of Somalia. And even the people of East Africa if possible. We can produce so much maize and many other grains if we get help. The only help which we need is to get market for our maize. We can produce the maize in any quantity they need,” he says. Farming in Somalia, like other sectors has been greatly affected by the conflict, stretching over 2 decades, bringing all activity to a halt while the police suffered severe famine. Today, the country however enjoys relative peace facilitated by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has made it possible for such activities to take off. The farmers remain hopeful that this milestone will be the beginning of many others to come. End.

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            • B-ROLLS: SOMALIA BIOMETRIC ID CARDS

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              STORY: SOMALIA BIOMETRIC ID CARDS TRT: 27:19 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI/NATS DATELINE: 01st FEBUARY 2014, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA The script and shot-list are available online: http://bit.ly/LHiqmf STORY: For over two decades, getting any form of official identification for Somali citizens was done through the back alleys of the infamous Bakara market, a system known as “Abdallah Shideeye” or the counterfeiter. Without a functioning government and institutions during the two decades of civil war, many Somalis had to acquire fake identity cards and passports to travel as they sought refugee status in neighboring countries. The country now has a functional government with institutions working at protecting the Somali identity. At this centre in Mogadishu, hundreds of Somalis brave the scorching sun, queuing to get their new national identity cards. Setup up by the regional administration in December last year and with funding from US Aid through the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the center sees traffic of between 200 and 500 people each day. “In this country we had what they called “Abdallah Shideeye” for the last 23 years. You can find in Bakara Market whatever ID card you would like to have, everyone could take citizenship before;” Says Mohamed Yusuf, Spokesman of Mogadishu Municipality and Office of the Mayor. “ but now we wanted to reach the digital system in the world that’s why we brought the latest technology here. “ With just 13 workstations and locally trained staff, these men and women are rolling out Somalia’s new and improved IDs fitted with a smartcard. The electronic chip contains biometric data collected at the centre and has some of the latest security features to protect against forgery. “So we are not going to start where we were in 1991, but we are going to start... Today the world is digital, that’s why we bring the chip Sim-card for the security issue. It is also a very good idea because not everyone can get it and we have the figure prints of whoever takes it in the database as well as every necessary document. That’s why we selected the latest version for the national identity card.” Adds Mohamed Yusuf. The legal age for one to acquire an ID card in Somalia is 15. There are three steps to the process; first one has to get a letter from their district commissioner’s office that confirms that they are Somali and are from that particular area. They then go to Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to have a criminal background check conducted and seek clearance. When that’s complete, they head to the bank and pay USD 17.50 for the card before coming to National ID card Processing Centre. After filling in their details and giving their bio data, it takes between 4 to 7 days to receive the ID card. “It has a lot of benefits for me, it verifies who I am and my position in the community and this is written on the ID card.” Says Ugasa Lahi Hashi, an elder and Community Leader in the city. “To the rest of the world it’s a way of identifying one’s nationality and place of birth. With security if something happens with a person, you can get all his details and information from the ID card. So it’s very important.” In 2007 the then Transitional Federal Government had tried to implement a similar biometric ID and passport system, but the process was marred by corruption and lacked the checks and balances on who qualifies for documents. Although the new process is working, the centre is clearly overwhelmed. It’s the only centre in the country catering for Mogadishu’s estimated 3 million plus people and Somalis in other parts of the country have to travel to the capital to apply for the service. The Somali Federal Government says it will soon open other centres across the city to meet the demand. “It took me about a month of moving back and forth, but now I am finally here to sign for my ID card.” Says Samiha Jeilani Kasim, a medical Student hoping to travel to the USA for further studies. “There was a mistake with the spelling of my name on the ID card; where there was single S, they had put a double S. I came back several times but today, thank God, that I have finished the process. Now I want to get my passport so that I can travel with it.” An excited first time ID card holder and student Zakaria Aweis Sayid had this to add. It’s the first time, because as we know Somalia, we have been at war for 22 years. Now we are going into development, this is part of the development, so I am so happy.”

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              • AMISOM Head of Mission Reacts to Attack on Villa Somalia (Somali Audio)

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                The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif has condemned the cowardly attack on Villa Somalia today. As people gathered for Friday prayers, a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) went off at the entrance of the Presidential palace and was followed by ground al shabaab fighters. The Somali National Army soldiers supported by AMISOM troops bravely fought off the attackers.

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                • AMISOM Head of Mission, Ambassador Annadif Reacts to Attack on Villa Somalia

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                  STORY: AMISOM Head of Mission Reacts to Attack At Villa Somalia TRT: 02:43 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UNIST LANGUAGE: FRENCH/NATS DATELINE: 21st FEBUARY 2014/NAIROBI /KENYA SHOTLIST: http://bit.ly/MI2Sz8 1. SOUNDBITE (French) Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) “I would first like to talk about my strong sense of bitterness with regards to the attack this morning at villa Somalia that unfortunately cost the loss of lives of many Somalis. We condemn in the strongest terms what happened and would like to present our condolences to the families of the deceased. But beyond this condemnation we would like to say that what happened today is extremely serious because the people who came to die at the gates of Villa Somalia were wearing military uniforms similar to the ones of the government forces and in the initial phase it was difficult to differentiate the attackers from the security forces. As we have always said, despite our good will and the might of AMISOM forces, AMISOM alone cannot liberate Somalia or defeat Al Shabaab without the support of the Somali people, particularly the politicians, religious leaders, and clan Elders. It is unconceivable to believe that people who say that they are Muslims can choose a Friday which is a holy day In Islam, at the precise time where people were gathering at the mosque to pray, to choose that time, that instant, that Hour, that day to carry out this criminal act that can only be perpetuated by people who are against the religion. Once again we would like to appeal to our brothers and sisters from Somalia whether they are the ordinary citizen, politician, religious leaders, elders or clan leaders that the Somalis forces and AMISOM need your support and collaboration to defeat once and for all Al Shabaab and all its supporters.”

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