SOMALIA / RAMADAN

05-Aug-2013 00:02:56
United Arab Emirates Red Crescent set up a food distribution centre in Afgoye on Sunday so that internally displaced (IDPS) have food to break their fast during this month of Ramadan. (AU /UN-IST)
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SOMALIA: SOMALIA / RAMADAN
TRT: 2:56
SOURCE: AU/UN IST
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /SOMALIA/ARABIC /NATS

DATELINE: 04 AUGUST 2013, AFGOYE
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, women and men in lines along the road waiting for food aid
2. Med shot, men in line along the Afgoye road
3. Close up, old men seated as they wait along the road
4. Med shot, old men waiting in line for food aid
5. Wide shot, people going through security checks before receiving the food donations
6. Wide shot, AMISOM soldiers explaining how the distribution will be conducted to the Red Crescent personnel
7. Close up, Abdihamid Suleiman, Head of UAE aid to Somalia
8. Med shot, AMISOM soldier explaining to Abdihamid Suleiman
9. Wide shot, women seated waiting for the food distribution
10. Wide shot, people in queues receiving boxes of food from AMISOM soldiers
11. Wide shot, boxes with food being offloaded from a truck
12. Wide shot, AMISOM soldiers offloading boxes from trucks
13. Close up, boxes being offloaded from the truck and handed to the Somali women
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdihamid Suleiman, Head of UAE aid to Somalia:
“This Ramadan we’ve distributed over 23,500 Ramadan packages. The packages consist of different food items totaling up to 20 kilograms. The distributions took place around Mogadishu and today we have gone beyond Mogadishu and we are in Afgoye. Our target today is to reach 5,000 Somali families. This is a donation to the Somali people. Peace be upon you all.”
15. Wide shot, UAE Red Crescent personnel distributing food boxes to the Somali women
16. Wide shot, UAE Red Crescent personnel handing a box to a Somali woman
17. Close up, young boy receiving box of food from the UAE Red Crescent personnel
18. Wide shot, AMISOM soldiers observing the distribution of food
19. Med shot, Somali National Army (SNA) soldier hands the Somali women tokens for receiving food
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Capt. Jacquelyn Nakayenze, AMISOM CIMIC officer battle group 11:
“This battle group has been in the mission area now for seven months and this is our first big food distribution in this area since we came. The rest of the activities that we have been doing are mostly giving treatment which is always done inside our detach.”
21. Wide shot, boxes of food for distribution
22. Close up, contents in the food boxes
23. Wide shot, Somali women as they wrap and pick up their food boxes
24. Med shot, women helping each other as they carry the food boxes
25. Wide shot of Somali women as they walk away with boxes of food
26. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Dahira Mohamed Abdi, Somali Woman:
“We haven’t received any food for a long time. We live here without any relief food. We are poor and we cannot afford anything. We don’t have houses or shelter. May Allah reward those who helped us and thank you so much.”
27. Wide shot, UAE Red Crescent personnel assisting woman on a wheelchair to carry her box of food
28. Med shot, UAE Red Crescent personnel places box of food on the ladies wheel chair
29. Wide shot, UAE Red Crescent personnel pushing woman on wheel chair
STORYLINE
The Afgoye corridor just West of the Somali capital Mogadishu was once known for being the area with the world’s largest concentration of Internally Displaced People (IDPs), during Somalia's years of conflict. In 2011, Somali National Army (SNA) backed by African Union Forces in Somalia (AMISOM), pushed the Islamic extremist group al Shabaab out of the capital and other areas like Afgoye, but many of Afgoye’s residents still remain in tented camps and struggle to get food and other basic necessities.

As Muslims worldwide observe the month of Ramadan with fasting, often the internally displaced have nothing to break their fast with. For this reason the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent set up a food distribution Centre and donated food in Afgoye.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdihamid Suleiman, Head of UAE aid to Somalia:
“This Ramadan we’ve distributed over 23,500 Ramadan packages. The packages consist of different food items totaling up to 20 kilograms. The distributions took place around Mogadishu and today we have gone beyond Mogadishu and we are in Afgoye. Our target today is to reach 5,000 Somali families. This is a donation to the Somali people. Peace be upon you all.”

Mogadishu and the other areas liberated from the Al Qaeda linked extremists now enjoy relative peace and stability with the improved security. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops worked together with SNA counterparts to assistance in planning and coordinating the distribution with manpower and security.

SOUNDBITE (English) Capt. Jacquelyn Nakayenze, AMISOM CIMIC officer battle group 11:
“This battle group has been in the mission area now for seven months and this is our first big food distribution in this area since we came. The rest of the activities that we have been doing are mostly giving treatment which is always done inside our detach.”

The food items donated included sugar, rice, wheat flour, dates, milk powder, beans and sauce. For many IDPs like Dahira, this holy month is like no other. Despite her handicap, she showed up to receive the generous relief donation.

SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Dahira Mohamed Abdi, Somali Woman:
“We haven’t received any food for a long time. We live here without any relief food. We are poor and we cannot afford anything. We don’t have houses or shelter. May Allah reward those who helped us and thank you so much.”

Although the faltering al Qaeda-affiliated group still poses some risk to Somalia’s
increasing stabilization with its suicide bombings and explosives attacks, relief organizations have not been deterred from delivery of much needed humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia.
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