Somalia: 14-Year-Old Boy Shot Dead By AMISON Peacekeeper

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A Somali youngster has been shot dead by an AMISON peacekeeper while playing football near Mogadishu Stadium on Sunday.

The unarmed boy was playing with his friends near the stadium grounds, which has been occupied by AMISON forces since 2011, when he was shot by a sniper and died at the scene. A spokesman for the African Union in Somalia has said an investigation is underway, before any action can be taken.

Dangerous territory

AMISON spokesman Col. Paul Njuguna also suggested the soldier could have opened fire as the young boy crossed a defence line:

“Somebody ran into a defence position and our soldiers took it as a threat,” he is quoted as saying. “When you’re faced with an imminent threat when somebody would run into a defence position in that manner, definitely the soldiers would want to defend themselves.”

However, the boy’s cousin insists another soldier handed the group’s wayward football to the 14-year-old before the second soldier opened fire.

AMISON controversies

In July Ugandan peacekeepers admitted to killing seven family members after facing criticism from protesters – although claims have been made that as many as 15 people were killed by AMISON soldiers in the deadly attack.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on contributing nations to ensure proper legal measures and conduct are put in place through all peacekeeping missions to ensure counteractive human right violations don’t take place – or at least get dealt with accordingly.

“I appeal to you to institute on-site court martial proceedings to preserve chains of evidence and allow justice to be done and witnessed by the communities and individuals whose trust has been shaken,” Ban said in a statement.

It has been reported that compensation will be issued for the incident that occurred nearby Mogadishu Stadium, but it may take more than money to settle public opinion of AMISON soldiers who are intended to reduce violence in war-stricken Somalia