AMISOM DJIBOUTI BOOST TROOPS IN SOMALIA



STORY: SOMALIA / DJIBOUTIAN TROOPS DEPLOY
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DATELINE: 16 NOVEMBER 2012, BELET WYENE, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, signs at the Beletwyene Airport
2. Med shot, sign reading “ Ugas KhaLiif” International Airport”
3. Wide shot, plane carrying the Djiboutian troops arriving
4. Med shot, Djiboutian soldiers exiting the aircraft
5. Wide shot, soldiers exiting the plane
6. Med shot, boots of soldiers walking out the plane
7. Wide shot, AMISOM Djiboutian contingent standing in formation
8. Med shot, soldiers standing in line
9. Med shot, soldiers in line
10. Close up, soldiers face
11. Med shot, troops being greeted by AMISOM Military Chief of Staff
12. Wide shot, troops at the airport
13. SOUNDBITE (English), Brigadier General Osman Nour Soubagleh, AMISOM Military Chief of Staff:
“There are so many challenges here, one of the main challenge is security and that is why we came here to make a difference and for security, to fight the bad guys which is al Shabaab. And also to help the population for rehabilitation of schools and hospitals.”
14. Wide shot, soldiers carrying their bag from the plane
15. Med shot, soldier carrying weapons
16. Med shot, soldiers walking with bags
17. SOUNDBITE (English), Brigadier General Osman Nour Soubagleh, AMISOM Military Chief of Staff:
“We request the international community to come here, it is very secure. We are here, AMISOM is here, we will secure them, but we need them to come here. Somalia is not just Mogadishu.”
18. Med shot, Djiboutian contingent soldiers putting their bag in a truck
19. Wide shot, soldier climbing onto a truck
20. Med shot, Djiboutian troop in the truck
21. Close up, soldier in the truck
23. Wide shot, trucks moving

STORY:
AMISOM has started airlifting more troops into central Somalia, to boost its presence on the ground as they continue to make gains against the al Shabaab extremist group. Troops from Djibouti have begun arriving at the “Ugas Khaliif” International Airport on United Nations flights to reinforce close to 300 soldiers that had been deployed to the region in early September.

Beletwyene in is part of the Hiraan region of the country that borders Ethiopia to the west. It is known for its fertile lands as Somalia’s food-basket, but decades of civil wars and Islamic militant activity has hindered it from reaching its full potential.

Located some 300 km from the capital Mogadishu, Beletwyene was under the control of al Shabaab, up until December 31st 2011, when members of the Ethiopian Defense Force working with the then Transitional Federal Government (TFG), and pro government militia groups ousted the al Shabaab.

In September 2012, soldiers from Djiboutian contingent serving under the UN backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), arrived in Beletwyene and took over operations to maintain security. The new arrivals are part of the deployment of the main body of their forces that will be operating in the region. AMISOM’s military Chief of Staff was on ground to welcome the troops.

SOUNDBITE (English), Brigadier General Osman Nour Soubagleh, AMISOM Military Chief of Staff:
“There are so many challenges here, one of the main challenge is security and that is why we came here to make a difference and for security, to fight the bad guys which is al Shabaab. And also to help the population for rehabilitation of schools and hospitals.”

Beletwyene covers an area of about 34,000 square kilometers and is an important trade and business center that not only connects many areas within central Somalia, but also the north and the south of the country, facilitating the transportation of goods. It is also a livestock hub, supplying the rest of the country.

SOUNDBITE (English), Brigadier General Osman Nour Soubagleh, AMISOM Military Chief of Staff:
“We request the international community to come here, it is very secure. We are here, AMISOM is here, we will secure them, but we need them to come here. Somalia is not just Mogadishu.”

Somalia over the last 18 months has seen major changes as large swathes of territory and major towns and cities have been liberated from the once-feared al Shabaab by government forces backed by AMISOM troops. More recently, Somalia’s democratically elected parliament chose a new president who in turn has appointed a new cabinet in the capital Mogadishu.

The deployment of the main body of the AMISOM Djiboutian contingent will continue for about ten days, as the increase of boots on the ground brings security and stability to a country that until recently, hadn’t had a functioning government for nearly two decades.

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