1. UN SUPPORT TO SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY BEGINS

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    STORY: SOMALIA: UN SUPPORT TO SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY BEGINS TRT: 2:59 SOURCE: UNSOM PUBLIC INFORMATION 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: UNSOM PUBLIC INFORMATION LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI/NATS DATELINE: 8/03/2014 BAIDOA, SOMALIA STORY The United Nations through the UN Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA) has made good on its promise to provide non- lethal support to members of the Somali National Army (SNA) operating alongside the troops from the AU Mission in Somalia, as they fight against the Al Qaeda linked extremist group al Shabaab. As part of UN Security Council Resolution 2124, UNSOA will provide specific sustenance which includes items such as food rations, water, transport, fuel, tents and in theater medical evacuations for personnel injured in battle to the Somali Army operating with AMISOM. The SNA has been struggling to maintain its troops battling the insurgence and the UN support financed from a trust fund of voluntary contributions could not come at a better time. The SNA commander in Baidoa, General Ibrahim Yarow welcomed the UN support to the National army saying this will go along way in boosting the troops morale. “This is the first time we are receiving anything like this, and we are thankful for the food, as we need it.” The first consignment of food items to the soldiers included bags of rice, Sugar, pasta, dried beans, tomato paste, tuna fish and canned beef stew. The Somali National Army supported by AMSOM partners have renewed their operations to liberate areas under the control of Islamic extremist al Shabaab. In the last one week, renewed joint operations between SNA and AU forces saw the capturing Wajid, Buudhubow and Weel Dheyn in the Gedo region as well as secured the towns Rabdhure, Ted and Hudur in the Bakool region from the control of the Al Shabaab terrorist group. “The Government, the UN and the Somali people have all supported us. We need to liberate our people and rid the country of these insurgents, Al shabaab don’t want to follow law and order.” Says General Ibrahim Yarow. “We will liberate the rest of the country the same way we have done in Bakool, thanks to our Somali National Forces and AMISOM soldiers.” The renewed operations by the Somali and AU allied forces have already seen the al shabaab militants on the back-foot. As a sign of desperation, the radical fighters have in some areas burnt buildings and looted property belonging to civilians as they flee the area the once occupied. The new support to the SNA from the United Nations will run for an initial two years period after which it will be reviewed. UN Resolution 2124 also provides for an extended AU force that has seen the joining of the Ethiopian National Defense Force into the ranks of AMISOM. END.

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    • SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY CELEBRATES 54TH ANNIVERSARY

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      STORY: SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY CELEBRATES 54TH ANNIVERSARY TRT: 2:33 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: SOMALI/NATS DATELINE: 12TH APRIL 2014, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA SHOTLIST: 1. Wide shot, Somali National Army troops marching. 2. Med shot, Somali National Army troops marching. 3. Wide shot, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and senior Military staff on the dais. 4. Med shot, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and senior Military staff on the dais. 5. Wide shot, Somali National Army commandos marching 6. Med shot, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and senior Military staff observe the marching from the dais. 7. Wide shot, Somali National Army vehicles drive by the dais. 8. Med shot, Somali National Army vehicles drive by the dais. 9. Close Up, Somali national flag 10. Wide shot, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and senior Military staff move to the Gaashandiga Military base auditorium. 11. Wide shot, Guests and Government Officials in attendance 12. Med shot, President and senior government officials in attendance. 13. SOUND BITE (Maj. Gen Dahir Aden Elmi, Somali CDF) “The Somali National Army was established as part of an effort to ensure there was a force to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Somali Republic. This force was expected to counter internal and external threats so that Somali citizens could live freely without fear in their country.” 14. Wide shot, Guests listen keenly to speeches. 15. Med shot, Guests listen keenly to speeches 16. SOUND BITE (Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somali President) “There’s a long history created by the people before us; our founding fathers, both military officers and political leaders, who built the Somali National Army and as a result gained their stature and standing in society until today. The fact that this history is still treasured is a testament to the importance of the Somali National Army. Today we are witnessing a second chance to make history. A lot of people will again enter the history books for their participation in the rebuilding of the SNA.” 17. Wide shot, SNA’s Horseed Military Band performs for the guests. 18. Med shot, SNA’s Horseed Military Band performs for the guests.

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      • AMISOM AND SNA CAPTURE BUULA BURDE TOWN

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        STORY: AMISOM CAPTURES BUULA BURDE TOWN TRT: 3:19 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: 13th/ 14th MARCH 2014, BUULA BURDE, SOMALIA http://bit.ly/NgTdiW STORY AMISOM troops backing the Somali National Army (SNA) continue their renewed offensive against the al Shabab militants in different parts of the country, with the latest conquest being Buula Burde town in the Hiran region. This brings to 6 the number of towns captured from the Al Qaeda supported insurgents this month. Buula Burde is located about 125 kilometers from Belet weyne in South Central Somalia. The al Shabaab fighters had earlier fled the town without putting up much resistance but later regrouped and launched attacks under the cover of darkness. They were repelled by SNA and AMISOM forces and suffered significant losses during the assault. This recent capture is part of the offensive launched earlier this month by the Somali Army and the AU force to flash out the al Shabaab extremists from the different parts of Somalia they still occupy. Buula Burde was an al Shabaab stronghold and its capture comes as a major victory for the troops fighting to keep peace in the country. The troops have been conducting search and cordon operations to flush out any elements of al Shabaab that might be still hiding within the community. The residents and elders in Bula Burde rejoiced following the capture, which they say will save them from the tyranny of the al Shabaab group. The Village chief of elders Mohamed Halane Hurow said the extremists had brought untold suffering on to the population. “Those people took over this town and brought a lot of troubles to the city and the residents. The all-mighty Allah has today removed them from upon us. We want to thank the soldiers for liberating us. They didn’t want any of us to have a good life; they robbed people of their lives day and night.” The operation to capture Buula Burde was led by the AMISOM Chief of staff, Gen. Osman-Noor Soubagleh, together with the Sector Commander Col. Osman Doubad and the Hiran governor Abdi Farah Laqanyo. Speaking after the capture of the town, AMISOM’s Chief of staff Gen. Osman-Noor Soubagleh said the operation also saved a number of youths that had been lined up for killing by the al Shabaab. “We were welcomed by the population. We did not only liberate the area, the city but also there are several youths who were tried by the courts of al Shabaab to be beheaded in the coming days. We also liberated these guys. So the population warmly welcomed us and they are expecting from us and from AMISOM to liberate the rest of the districts which are under the control of the al Shabaab extremists,” he says. The other towns that have been captured so far are Hudur, Rabdhure, Ted, Weel dheyn and Burdhubow in

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        • UN LOGISTIC BASE BRIEFING WITH AMISOM OFFICERS

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          • UN SUPPORT TO SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY BEGINS

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            STORY: UN BEGINS SUPPORT TO SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY TRT: 2:59 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: 8th MARCH 2014, BAIDOA, SOMALIA http://www.scribd.com/doc/211617891/10032014-UN-BEGINS-SUPPORT-TO-SOMALI-NATIONAL-ARMY STORY The United Nations through the UN Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA) has made good on its promise to provide non- lethal support to members of the Somali National Army (SNA) operating alongside the troops from the AU Mission in Somalia, as they fight against the Al Qaeda linked extremist group al Shabaab. As part of UN Security Council Resolution 2124, UNSOA will provide specific sustenance which includes items such as food rations, water, transport, fuel, tents and in theater medical evacuations for personnel injured in battle to the Somali Army operating with AMISOM. The SNA has been struggling to maintain its troops battling the insurgence and the UN support financed from a trust fund of voluntary contributions could not come at a better time. The SNA commander in Baidoa, General Ibrahim Yarow welcomed the UN support to the National army saying this will go along way in boosting the troops morale. “This is the first time we are receiving anything like this, and we are thankful for the food, as we need it.” The first consignment of food items to the soldiers included bags of rice, Sugar, pasta, dried beans, tomato paste, tuna fish and canned beef stew. The Somali National Army supported by AMSOM partners have renewed their operations to liberate areas under the control of Islamic extremist al Shabaab. In the last one week, renewed joint operations between SNA and AU forces saw the capturing Wajid, Buudhubow and Weel Dheyn in the Gedo region as well as secured the towns Rabdhure, Ted and Hudur in the Bakool region from the control of the Al Shabaab terrorist group. “The Government, the UN and the Somali people have all supported us. We need to liberate our people and rid the country of these insurgents, Al shabaab don’t want to follow law and order.” Says General Ibrahim Yarow. “We will liberate the rest of the country the same way we have done in Bakool, thanks to our Somali National Forces and AMISOM soldiers.” The renewed operations by the Somali and AU allied forces have already seen the al shabaab militants on the back-foot. As a sign of desperation, the radical fighters have in some areas burnt buildings and looted property belonging to civilians as they flee the area the once occupied. The new support to the SNA from the United Nations will run for an initial two years period after which it will be reviewed. UN Resolution 2124 also provides for an extended AU force that has seen the joining of the Ethiopian National Defense Force into the ranks of AMISOM. END.

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            • SOMALIA - HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

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              STORY: SOMALIA- Human Rights Day. TRT: 02:16 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: NONE LANGUAGE: SOMALI/ NATS DATELINE: 10 December 2013 /MOGADISHU/ SOMALIA STORY: Somalia today joined the rest of the World to mark the Human Rights Day, among events highlighting the country’s recovery from decades of war. With support from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the country now enjoys relative peace and has embarked on reconstruction and reconstitution of its institutions, key to ensuring justice and observance of human rights. The Somali Federal Government has marked the day with an event held at the Mogadishu Central Prison, among others, where the importance of the rights to education, health and protection of individual rights was expressed.

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              • B-ROLL: USG AMEERAH HAQ VISITS SOMALIA

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                • B-ROLL: AMISOM CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY OF AU HD

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                  • SOMALIA - AFRICA UNION 50th ANNIVERSARY

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                    SOMALIA – AFRICAN UNION 50th ANNIVERSARY TRT: 3:38 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/ FRENCH/SOMALI & NATS DATELINE: 23/24 MAY 2013, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA FULL SHOT-LIST & SCRIPT: http://bit.ly/10sC1r8 PHOTOS: http://bit.ly/10p6LNb STORY: Dilapidated buildings peep over the tree line in central Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. This is the Africa Village, a sprawling complex built by former Somali leader Siad Barre, to host delegates from all over the continent during an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Summit in 1974. After Barre’s fall in 1991, and the start of the civil conflict, scores of internally displaced people (IDPs) moved into the Africa Village and stayed here, until they were kicked out by extremist fighters al Shabaab, who used it as a base. The Somali government forces, backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops, recovered the neighborhood from the al Qaeda-associated group in 2011. The IDPs soon came back. 49-year-old businessman Hussein Khalif Sudi recalls what a showpiece the African Village used to be, even before the fighting forced him to become one of its residents. “The Africa Village was one of the most beautiful places in Mogadishu. It had 160 units excluding the hotel and administration block. Each unit had a clinic, a basketball court, a swimming pool and additional homes for guards and support staff,” Sudi said. Sudi is just a year older than the pan-African alliance, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee tomorrow (May 25). Somalia was one of the OAU’s founding members. At a ceremony to mark the 50th Anniversary in Mogadishu yesterday (May 24), Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud reminded guests of the critical role Somalia played in the OAU’s fight against colonialism. He also urged for increased cooperation to tackle current threats like poverty, disease and internal conflicts. “This is the spirit of the African Union today, a community of nations who stand side-by-side, to find our solutions to our own problems,” Mohamud said. AMISOM head, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, thanked troop-contributing countries Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti and most recently Sierra Leone, for not deserting Somalia in its time of need. “The sacrifices by Africans within AMISOM during this difficult phase is just something that Africa is giving back to Somalia,” he said. With only a few pockets of resistance remaining, AMISOM is now focusing its efforts on helping the Somali government develop the political, social and civil systems and structures it will need to stand on its own. Even ordinary citizens like Hussein Sudi know that Somalia’s recovery will not be easy and that it will not be quick. But the odds have not dimmed his hopes. “The changes have been dramatic but we’re thankful that security has returned. We would love to see this place come back to life and regain the prestige and beauty that it had before. It would be amazing to have another African conference held here in Mogadishu,” Sudi added. It’s always harder to build something up, than to tear it down. The expectations of future generations of Somalis and other young Africans, will be all the motivation the continent’s leaders need, even as they mark this highly significant and symbolic milestone. ENDS.

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                    • SOMALIA - EXPLOSIVES

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                      STORY: SOMALIA - EXPLOSIVES TRT:4:12 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/NATS DATELINE: MAY 9, 2013 SHOTLIST 1. Wide shot, Mogadishu beach front 2. Med shot, AMISOM military vehicles 3. Close up, military truck carrying unexploded ordnance (UXO) 4. Med shot, AMISOM soldiers digging in the sand 5. Close up, sand being dug up 6. Wide shot, soldiers offloading UXOs 7. Med shot, soldiers removing rockets from the back of the truck 8. Med shot, AMISOM soldiers offloading unexploded ordnance 9. Wide shot, UXOs displayed on the ground 10. Close up, mortar on the ground 11. Med shot, UXOs on the ground 12. Close up, more UXO’s 13. Med shot, new and old UXOs 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel Salvator Niyongoma, Information Officer, AMISOM: “These IEDs, there are a lot of ammunition in this country. He have to make very hard work to collect, destroy it and to sensitise the citizens to know that the IED is very dangerous for the life and for people who live in this country.” 15. Wide shot, AMISOM soldier placing the UXOs in the dug up holes 16. Med shot, soldier putting UXO into the hole 17. Med shot, soldiers passing UXO to another soldier 18. Wide shot, UXO being buried for detonation 19. SOUNDBITE (English) Private James Kasekende, Team Leader, AMISOM: “It is very important to destroy these things, because you know if they are like that, these guys, we call them al Shabaab, they can pick them, they get the explosives in them, then they use them to make homemade bomb which they can use to target our convoys and their fellow Somalis, so that why we have to demolish them. To make sure that the whole of Somalia is free of these things. 20. Med shot, AMISOM soldier laying plastic explosives on the UXO 21. Close up, plastic explosives being placed in detonation pit 22. Med shot, soldier rigging the explosives 23. Close up, explosives 24. Med shot, soldier placing the detonation cord 25. Wide shot, soldier with detonation cord 26. Close up, soldier’s face with reflection in his sunglasses 27. Med shot, soldier’s hand on the detonator 28. Med shot, AMISOM soldier pressing the detonator 29. Med shot, explosion going off 30. Wide shot, explosion STORY/SCRIPT: http://www.scribd.com/doc/140612654/Somalia-Explosives-1 PHOTOGRAPHS available here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjF2rWAi

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