Somalia: AMISOM hands over various projects and objects to communities in Jowhar


Jowhar, Somalia – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Sunday handed over a range of completed projects as well as sporting goods and food rations to communities living in an internally displaced people camp (IDP) in Jowhar, Hirshabele State as part of its Quick Impact Projects ( QUIPs) aimed at improving human well-being.

The projects include a newly built school, a meat market, water drinking facilities, a shallow well, dozens of sports equipment and 7,500 kilos of rice, 4,500 liters of cooking oil and 4,500 kilos of sugar that were handed over jointly to Towfiq IDP camp communities in Jowhar by AMISOM Senior Civil Affairs Officer Dr. Opiyo Ododa and representatives of HirShabelle State. The support will directly benefit 14,000 internally displaced persons living in the camp.

Speaking during the handover of the items, Dr. Ododa that the support extended to the communities was in demand by the locals as an urgent need and AMISOM was happy to help alleviate their suffering.

“We have handed over a meat market to women and children; we have also handed over water facilities to women. We have also handed over a shallow well to men. Our purpose in coming here is to ensure that communities can receive these projects. has been a great success because the communities have accepted them, says Dr. Opiyo.

Hirshabelle State AMISOM Civil Affairs Officer Christopher Aria noted that the constant water shortage in the IDP camp would no longer be a problem with the new water supply subsidy extended by the AMISOM Burundi contingent in Jowhar.

“The water has been extended from AMISOM Burundi’s National Defense Camp (BND) to the community; we have extended because the water was not enough. With this extension, we now have enough water to serve the community at the () IDP camp,” Aria added.

The chairman of the Jowhar Football Association, Mohamed Ahmed Gaasow, praised AMISOM for its rapid support of the community and said it would help strengthen cooperation between the community and the AMISOM.

“The handing over of sporting goods will increase the interaction between the people of the community; it will open up the community and strengthen the peace. We demand more items that cover the sporting needs of the area,” Gaasow said.

AMISOM Quick Impact projects are usually small-scale projects that are primarily designed to help meet the basic needs of Somalia’s local people.


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