Somalia: AMISOM completes community empowerment project in Beletweyne

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Beletwein, Somalia – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has set up a solar system at Ugas Khalif International Airport in Beletweyne and has also started building sanitary facilities for IDPs in the state of Hirshabelle.

These Quick Impact projects aim to improve airport security as well as improve the public health of people living in the IDP camps in Haliye, Dugane and Shabelle River.

The Commander of the AMISOM Police in Beletweyne, Major Ebenezer Benson, stated that the solar lighting system would enable Somali police personnel to carry out their duties and secure the airport especially during the night.

“Over the past year, the Somali police force has been keen to get this solar panel to better secure the airport. Somalia’s international partners, together with AMISOM, have made this possible. I know the police staff will use it effectively,” said Major Benson.

Hirshabelle’s deputy police chief, Colonel Hassan Mohamed Ibrahim, said the solar system would help police carry out their police duties effectively.

“We are grateful to the Indian government and our AMISOM partners for this solar energy project. AMISOM built the airport police station and continues to support us in capacity building, in counter-terrorism efforts and in improving our police standards,” said Colonel Hassan.

Speaking during the commissioning of the construction of sanitary facilities, AMISOM Sector 4 Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) officer, Ibrahim Yussuf Ahmed, said that they would support initiatives to improve the lives of people living in the mission’s area of ​​responsibility.

“AMISOM has launched the construction of four toilets in each of the three camps to improve the sanitary conditions for internally displaced persons,” said Ibrahim Yussuf.

The Deputy Governor of Finance and Politics of the Hiiraan Region, Abukar Sheikh Abdullahi Madey, thanked AMISOM for supporting the IDP communities.

“The support comes at a time when the number of people living in the internment camps has increased due to the drought relocation. The old sanitary facilities were in poor condition and not enough. These new facilities will go a long way to improving the living conditions in these camps,” he said. Abukar.

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