By Chrispinus Omar NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Africa Union said Tuesday it has
embarked on a peace program that seeks to build and strengthen
the capacity of Somali stakeholders in conflict negotiation,
resolution and management.
A statement from the
AU mission (AMISOM) issued in Nairobi said the three-day
training for stakeholders began in the Kenyan capital on Monday
and draws 21 Somali participants from different backgrounds and
Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Francisco Caetano
Madeira said the meeting would grant the participants theories
that would help them deal with problems that divide their
“I expect that with
the new acquired skills you will go back to Somalia to support
negotiations, mediation and dialogue initiatives of your
respective places of work and communities,” the told the
participants during the opening ceremony.
Madeira said to pull
Somalia from its current conflict, the Somalis will have to be
tolerant with one another and try to find a level playing ground
that can allow them to live in harmony.
He urged Somalis to
patiently try to understand each other and the reasons that get
the youth to Al-Shabaab.
“In Al-Shabaab there
are people who come together for many reasons. Some join the
terrorist group due to unemployment and/or disaffection with
their Imams. We should always extend a hand of friendship,”
“Some of the youths
now with Al Shabaab want to get back to normal life. We
shouldn’t hesitate to bring them in, understand their problem
and try to de-radicalise them,” he added.
confidence that Somalia will survive and join the family of
peaceful nations. “Somalia is not going to die; it would have
already died. Somalia will survive and will be there,” he said.
He added to say that
Somalis need to be empowered to solve their own problems, to run
their own country, defend their country.
Among the workshop
topics include causes of conflict, its resolution and
management; negotiations and inclusivity; mediation and
dialogue. There will be simulations and lessons and experiences
drawn from South Africa and South Sudan.
exercise is part of AMISOM’s mission to support the Somali
government in its effort to bring peace to the country that has
suffered decades of war
“This workshop is
about learning from each other, about our experiences and
theories, and doing many exercises with you and is also about
learning with each other, and linking it to your own context,”
said renowned conflict resolution expert Judith van der Booget
from the Clingedae Institute.
“We see in our work
many different conflicts. Many different people work on
resolving these conflicts and it is so hard and sometimes people
are struggling. It’s not an easy task we are dealing with. Every
day is another step into trying to do something. I hope these
techniques will help you think about your plans, your roles, and
your partners in conflict resolution,” she added.
UN chief in emergency visit to
Somalia amid famine, cholera
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres landed in
Mogadishu Tuesday morning in what he described as an urgent need
to address the ongoing an outbreak of cholera and severe drought
ravaging the Horn of Africa nation.
flew from Nairobi called for global response to stop
deaths in Somalia, noting people were dying of hunger and
in Somalia on emergency visit to focus on famine and
cholera. People are dying. The world must act now to stop
this,” he said in a tweet.
arrival in Mogadishu, the world’s top diplomat called for
international support to provide humanitarian assistance
to Somalia where more than 6.2 million people are facing
acute food shortages.
was due to hold talks with newly elected President Mohamed
Abdullahi Mohamed widely known as Farmajo said the current
drought in Somalis requires a “massive international
announced last month Somalia was slipping into famine six
years after a deadly one which claimed upwards of 250,000
The UN chief
is expected to meet the country’s leadership and members
of the international community to bolster efforts against
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ® and Somali
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed attend a press
conference in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, March 7,
2017. Guterres landed in Mogadishu Tuesday morning in what
he described as an urgent need to address the ongoing an
outbreak of cholera and severe drought ravaging the Horn
of Africa nation.
XINHUA PHOTO: FAISAL ISSE
agencies have called for international help warning urgent steps
must be taken to prevent the country from falling into famine
even as the new administration takes over office.
The UN also
confirmed Monday that 196 people have died from acute watery
diarrhoea (AWD) and cholera outbreak in Somalia since January,
noting that a total of 7,909 AWD/cholera cases have been
reported in 11 regions (38 districts) since the beginning of