SOMALIA / CHILDREN ARMED GROUPS

30-Oct-2019 00:03:50
The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has renewed its commitment to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers by signing a roadmap detailing measures and practical actions to prevent violations against children, release children associated with armed forces, and reintegrate them into communities. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / CHILDREN ARMED GROUPS
TRT: 3:51
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNSOM
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 29 OCTOBER 2019, MOGADISHU AND BAIDOA, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Med shot, Somali Federal Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohamed, interacting with UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba during the meeting
2. Med shot, Participants taking part in the meeting
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict:
"We will accelerate this plan, the whole United Nations body. The civil society of good faith will support this plan so that across Somalia in all regions, all law enforcement officials, all members of any armed force will be the first to protect children from violations. And for this, we will support the possibility of vetting, of screening, of capacity building and of ensuring that children that are captured, or that escaped, or children that are in any way released, will also receive the rehabilitation and reintegration needs that they deserve.”
4. Med shot, participants taking part in the meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Ali Mohamed, Somali Federal Minister of Defence:
“The Government does not accept that we recruitment of under eighteen years old. Although there are other elements like al-Shabaab and Da’esh those are also using children under eighteen years old. We thank the United Nations, and we also thank as well as the General, UN Security Council who has assisted us thrOough the Peace-building Fund (PBF).”
6. Med shot, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, signing the roadmap that seeks to protect children from recruitment and use as combatants during conflict
7. Close up, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, signing the roadmap that seeks to protect children from recruitment and use as combatants during conflict
8. Med shot, Somali Federal Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohamed, signing the roadmap that seeks to protect children from recruitment and use as combatants during conflict
9. Close up, Somali Federal Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohamed, signing the roadmap that seeks to protect children from recruitment and use as combatants during conflict
10. Wide shot, participants looking on
11. Med shot, Somali Federal Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohamed, and UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, exchanging the signed documents
12. Med shot, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, holding the signed document
13. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, holding the signed document
14. Med shot, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, and Somali Federal Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohamed, posing for a photo with the signed roadmap
15. Wide shot, DSRCC Simon Mulongo, talking during the meeting
16. Med shot, AMISOM officials listening during the meeting
17. Med shot, officials in the meeting
18. Wide shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo making his remarks during the meeting
19. Close up, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, talking during the meeting
20. Med shot, officials in the meeting
21. Med shot, officials posing for a group photo
22. Wide shot, officials interacting at the end of a meeting
23. Med shot, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, alighting from the UN plane at Baidoa Airport
24. Med shot, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, greeting officials
25. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, walking away from the Baidoa Airport
26. Wide shot, President of South West State, Abdiaziz Mohamed Laftagareen arriving in the conference room
27. Med shot, President of South West State, Abdiaziz Mohamed Laftagareen and UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, seated in the conference room
28. Wide shot, participants meeting in the conference room
29. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict:
“We recognise in the United Nations the great sacrifices of the State in hosting the majority of the internally displaced community.”
30. Med shot, President of South West State, Abdiaziz Mohamed Laftagareen and UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, shaking hands
31. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Abdiaziz Mohamed Laftagareen, President of South West State of Somalia:
“Our discussions focused on the protection of children from recruitment as fighters, protection of women’s and children’s rights. We had good discussions and agreed to launch a campaign and come up with plans to educate children.”
32. Med shot, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, meeting UN staff in Baidoa
33. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, meeting UN staff in Baidoa
STORYLINE
The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has renewed its commitment to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers by signing a roadmap detailing measures and practical actions to prevent violations against children, release children associated with armed forces, and reintegrate them into communities.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, witnessed the signature of the roadmap Tuesday (29 Oct).

Gamba said, "the whole United Nations body and the civil society of good faith will support this plan so that across Somalia in all regions, all law enforcement officials, all members of any armed forces will be the first to protect children from violations.”

She added, “and for this, we will support the possibility of vetting, of screening, of capacity building and of ensuring that children that are captured, or that escape, or children that are in any way released, will also receive the rehabilitation and reintegration needs that they deserve.”

The UN official was speaking in the wake of signing of the roadmap, which is in line with action plans signed by Somalia and the UN in 2012 to protect children from recruitment and use by the army and protection of children from being killed and injured.

According to the UN Secretary-General's Report on Children and Armed Conflict, released in June 2019, armed groups in Somalia forcefully recruited and used in conflict 2,228 boys and 72 girls in 2018. Al-Shabaab recruited 1,865 children, accounting for the highest number of child recruits.

Somalia’s Federal Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohamed, represented the FGS at the signing of the agreement. In his remarks, he emphasized the FGS’s commitment to ending children’s rights violations, including forceful recruitment.

While in Somalia this past week, the UN official also visited Baidoa, the capital of the South West State (SWS), where she announced the launch of a $2 million Peace Building Fund project supporting the prevention of child recruitment and reintegration of children formerly associated with armed forces and groups. The project aims to reinforce prevention, screening Somali security forces including regional forces to ensure that there are no children in their ranks, release those identified, rehabilitate and reintegrate them.

Following a meeting with SWS’s President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed Laftagareen and his cabinet ministers, Gamba stressed the commitment of the UN and international partners to preventing all forms of violations against children.

Speaking at the end of their meeting, President Laftagareen expressed his agreement on the way forward to strengthen child protection.

He said, “our discussions focused on the protection of children from recruitment as fighters, protection of women's and children's rights. We had good discussions and agreed to launch a campaign against child rights violations and come up with plans to educate children.”

Gamba, whose visit to Somalia ended Tuesday (29 Oct), also met the Prime Minister and members of cabinet whose dockets touch on children including Minister of Defence, Women and Human Rights Development, Justice, Education, Police Commissioner, civil society organizations working on child protection issues, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and international partners.
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