AU, humanitarian agencies team up to stabilise Somalia

somaliaThe African Union peacekeeping force (AMISOM) and humanitarian organisations operating in the southern port town of Kismayo have resolved to work together to help stabilise the Horn of Africa nation.

A joint statement issued in Mogadishu on Tuesday after the meeting said AMISOM and relief agencies emphasised the need for stronger relations to help speed up the stabilisation process in Somalia.

“The aim of the meeting was to improve relations between AMISOM and humanitarian actors to help bridge the gap in Somalia and ensure objectives of securing Somalia are met,” AMISOM Humanitarian Officer Jackson Basoronga said.

Humanitarian actors work in difficult conditions in Somalia since they have to access and deliver assistance to communities in government-controlled areas as well as those under armed groups.

Experts said humanitarian challenges in Somalia call for increased coordination and dialogue between AMISOM and humanitarian actors operating in the country.

The organisations said cooperation was critical not only in restoring peace and stability but also ensuring the rights of residents living in conflict areas are protected.

The meeting was also attended by members of the civil society organisations operating in various parts of the Horn of Africa nation.

Basoronga described the meeting as fruitful, expressing confidence that the discussions will go a long way in improving relations.

AMISOM has launched a series of programmes aimed at improving relations between the military and civilians to help prevent radicalisation and recruitment of youths by Al-Shabaab militants.

The meeting also discussed ways of aiding returning refugees settle in safe areas pacified and stabilised by AMISOM and Somali security forces.

“The other issues discussed in the meeting was how to help returnees and internally displaced persons coming back home. We also tackled the issue of disease outbreaks and how they can be prevented,” Basoronga said.





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