SOMALIA / MINE AWARENESS DAY

04-Apr-2019 00:04:04
Senior officials of the Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) observed the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action with an event in the Somali capital that drew over a hundred participants and provided some troubling statistics about the menace still posed by the increasing use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the country. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA MINE AWARENESS DAY
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 4 APRIL 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

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1. Wide shot, participants attending the event marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, in Mogadishu
2. Med shot, Somali police officers at the event
3. Wide shot, participants at the event
4. Close up, Phil Evans, Head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), at the event
5. Med shot, Mohamud Mohamed (Bonow), State Minister for Internal Security, and Abdulkadir Abdulle Hooshow, Director-General of the Somalia Explosive Management Authority (SEMA), at the event
6. Med shot, Marco Carmignani – UNSOM Director of Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group and Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai, Head of UNMAS Somalia, at the event
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdulkadir Abdulle Hooshow, Director General of the Somalia Explosive Management Authority (SEMA):
“The numerous deadly IED incidents in high populated areas is an obvious tragic reminder of the harshness of the threat that we face. But by facing these threats and by working together collectively, we will continue to enhance the protection of civilians, establishing efforts sustainable to national capability and ultimate peace, security, development and safe-ground for the people of Somalia”
8. Wide shot, participants at the event
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Qurat-Al-Ain Sadozai, Head of UNMAS in Somalia:
“The path forward in achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development must be clear of landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices. All people have the right to live in security and not fear their next step. Mine action clears paths and creates safe ground on which homes can be built or rebuilt. Mine action changes mind sets so that people know how to protect themselves. It gives people and communities new horizons and hope.”
10. Wide shot, participants attending the International Mine Awareness Day event
11. Med shot, UNMAS staff at the event
12. Med shot, participants at the event
13. Med shot, participants at the event
14. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Mohamud Mohamed (Bonow), Federal State Minister of Internal Security:
“We are dedicated, through SEMA, to double our efforts to provide safety, preserve dignity and observe human rights of every Somali and protect them from the threats of explosive hazards and landmines.”
15. Close up, Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai, Head of UNMAS in Somalia, listening
16. Med shot, participants listening
17. Close up, a participant listening
18. Wide shot, UNMAS staff at the event
19. Med shot, Sayid-Ali Abdullahi, Chairman of the Somali Disability Council, speaking
20. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Sayid-Ali Abdullahi, Chairman of the Somali Disability Council
“While acknowledge the multitude of challenges, I ask for collective efforts to assist survivors of explosive hazards in Somalia. UNMAS and SEMA should come up with a plan, with the support of the International Community, to better the lives of the disabled persons in Somalia.”
21. Med shot, Somali police officers at the event
22. Close up, a participant listening
23. Wide shot, participants at the event
24. Med shot, UNMAS staff at the event
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Phil Evans, Head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID):
“We believe in a sustainable country that approaches the mine action; and central to all our mine action work is supporting national mine action authorities like the Somali Explosive Management Authority, in order to build capacity and achieve full national ownership of the mine and ERW [explosive remnants of war] challenges and of course to help all those communities in need.”
26. Wide shot, a Somali police officer demonstrates use of mine and explosives detection equipment
27. Close up, equipment
28. Med shot, Somali police officer explains usage of equipment
29. Close up, equipment
30. Wide shot, Mohamud Mohamed (Bonow), State Minister of Internal Security, listening
31. Med shot, UNMAS staff interacting with Mohamud Mohamed (Bonow), State Minister of Internal Security
32. Close up, equipment
33. Wide shot, UNMAS staff and shots of equipment
34. Close up, improvised explosive devices (IED) scanner
35. Wide shot, Mohamud Mohamed (Bonow), Federal State Minister of Internal Security, testing the IED scanner

STORYLINE:

Senior officials of the Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) observed the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action with an event in the Somali capital that drew over a hundred participants and provided some troubling statistics about the menace still posed by the increasing use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the country.

Abdulkadir Abdulle Hooshow, the Director-General of the Somalia Explosive Management Authority (SEMA) said, “the numerous deadly IED incidents in highly populated areas is an obvious tragic reminder of the harshness of the threat that we face.”
SEMA was established in 2013 to spearhead the federal government’s efforts to rid the country of landmines, unexploded ordnance and other explosive hazards.

According to estimates compiled by the UNMAS programme in Somalia, civilians account for 44 per cent of the number of fatalities caused by IEDs and 53 per cent of all injuries.

Hooshow pledged that Somalia will continue to enhance the protection of civilians through the sharing of information that can deter future IED attacks. He also reaffirmed the country’s determination to bolster national capabilities to counter that threat in a sustainable manner.

Participants in today’s forum learned that 37 locations contaminated by explosive hazards were identified in Somalia during 2018. More than 1,400 explosive remnants of war were destroyed last year.

Read a statement on behalf of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadozai, the head of the UNMAS Somalia Programme said ,“the path forward in achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development must be clear of landmines, explosive remnants of war and IEDs. All people have the right to live in security and not fear their next step.”

According to Sadozai, UNMAS has increased its outreach activities in the areas of mine risk education and community engagement in order to curb the threat posed by unexploded ordnance left over from Somalia’s long civil war. A total of 30,438 people were reached by the UN agency’s outreach campaign in 2018.

The theme of this year’s International Day for Mine Awareness is “Safe Ground – Safe Home”, and it supports the forging of coalitions to raise funds to benefit survivors of armed conflict.

The Federal State Minister for Internal Security, Mohamud Mohamed ‘Bonow’, called on stakeholders and the mine action community to support the federal government’s implementation of a national plan to eradicate explosive hazards.

He said, “we are dedicated through SEMA to double our efforts to provide safety, preserve dignity, observe the human rights of every Somali and protect them from the threats of explosive hazards and landmines.”

Representatives of civil society organisations also attended the forum, and Sayid-Ali Abdullahi of the Somali Disability Council called for increased support to survivors of explosive incidents.

The UNMAS programme in Somalia includes support to the African Union Mission in Somalia and the Somali Police Force to help mitigate the threat posed by IEDs.
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