Somalia: UK urges donors to increase support for AMISOM

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The United Kingdom is calling upon international donors to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to help the Horn of Africa nation achieve long-term stability.

Somalia has been gripped by conflict for almost 30 years and terrorist group al-Shabaab remains a daily threat across many parts of the country – including the capital, Mogadishu. However, the UK says Somalia has a real chance of achieving stability with the support of international donors.

UK urges donors to increase support

AIMISOM has been integral to achieving and maintaining a fragile security in Somalia but the mission has a serious funding problem. Somalia’s national army is due to take full responsibility of security efforts in the country with AMISOM pulling out but concerns that the nation’s army isn’t ready remain.

A successful transition of responsibility and adequate funding will be crucial to Somalia’s chances of stability after AMISOM, according to the UK.

“Somalia has a real chance for a better future. One that allows its people to flourish, provides no space for terrorist groups, and contributes to regional stability,” Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin said.

“Helping to build that future must be a truly international effort. Today I am calling on Somalia’s friends to contribute to ensure sustainable funding for AMISOM.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged more than £7 million in additional funding to support AMISOM during her recent visit to Kenya, calling on the international community to follow suit.

Featured image: By AMISOM Public Information – Flickr, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41583122

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.