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STORY: Communities in Jowhar benefit from sixteen

shallow wells with hand-pumps, implemented by AMISOM


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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 15/OCTOBER/2018, JOWHAR, SOMALIA

SHOT LIST:

1. Wide shot, a chopper carrying the Special Representative of the African Union
Commission Chairperson for Somalia, (SRCC), Ambassador Francisco Madeira landing
at Jowhar airstrip
2. Med shot, chopper
3. Wide shot, Ambassador Francisco Madeira is received on arrival in Jowhar by
AMISOM, community leaders and HirShabelle administration officials
4. Wide shot, parade mounted by the Burundi contingent of AMISOM based in
Jowhar
5. Close up shot, Sector 5 Commander Brig. General Leonidas Niyungeko welcoming
SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira
6. Wide shot, parade mounted by the Burundi contingent of AMISOM based in
Jowhar
7. Med shot, SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira shaking hands with senior
AMISOM military officers
8. Wide shot, one of the completed wells
9. Wide shot, Jowhar residents, recipients of the water wells receive Ambassador
Madeira in jubilation
10. Wide shot, SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira walking
11. Wide shot, residents ululating, clapping hands
12. Med shot, community leaders welcoming the SRCC Ambassador Francisco
Madeira
13. Wide shot, community leaders welcoming the SRCC Ambassador Francisco
Madeira
14. Wide shot, one of the completed wells
15. Med shot, SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira cutting a ribbon at the handover
16. Med shot, SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira and a local leader pumping
water at the completed shallow well
17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative
of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia, (SRCC)
“These new approaches aim at establishing, promoting and enhancing community
engagement as well as good practice for constructive and effective AMISOM-Local
community relations, as stipulated in the AMISOM CONOPs (Concept of Operations)
and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2297,”
18. Med shot, residents pumping water from the completed well
19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative
of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia, (SRCC)
“I hereby take this opportunity to express my heartfelt respect to AMISOM and
appreciation at the cooperation and assistance provided by the Republic of
Kazakhstan for relief assistance to HirShabelle state.”

20. Wide shot, SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira shaking hands with the Mayor
of Jowhar, Mr. Salah Mudey Ali
21, SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Salah Mudey Ali, Mayor of Jowhar
“We are grateful for the construction of the 16 wells which will greatly help the
villages surrounding Jowhar,”

22. Med shot, SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Prime Minister of Somalia H.E
Hassan Ali Khaire, the President of HirShabelle Mr. Mohamed Abdi Waare, the
European Commission Director General for International Cooperation and
Development Mr. Stefano Manservisi and the head of the European Union
Delegation to Somalia Mr. Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz, commissioning a training facility,
constructed by the EU, to train police in HirShabelle state
23. Wide shot, Prime Minister of Somalia H.E Hassan Ali Khaire, the President of
HirShabelle Mr. Mohamed Abdi Waare, the European Commission Director General
for International Cooperation and Development Mr. Stefano Manservisi cutting a
ribbon
24. Wide shot, training facility
25. Med shot, some of the structures at the training facility

STORY

Communities in Jowhar benefit from sixteen shallow wells with hand-pumps,


implemented by AMISOM

Jowhar, 16 October 2018 – Water scarcity is now a thing of the past to over twenty-
seven thousand people in eight villages in Jowhar, in Middle Shabelle region -
beneficiaries of sixteen new shallow wells, implemented by the African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The wells, handed over to the local Administration of HirShabelle state on Monday
by the AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano
Madeira, were constructed with funding from the government of Kazakhstan.

Fitted with hand pumps, the wells were formally received by communities at a hand
over ceremony in Daifa village, in the outskirts of Jowhar town.

“These new approaches aim to establish, promote and enhance community


engagement, constructive and effective AMISOM-local community relations,” said
Ambassador Madeira, during the handover ceremony, where he was flanked by
senior AMISOM officials among them the Acting Police Commissioner Christine Alalo,
AMISOM Civil Engineer Andrew Alele, the Head of AMISOM Mission Analysis Cell
(MAC) Dr. Walters Samah and the Head of AMISOM Humanitarian Liaison Unit Abdul
Diabagate.

The AU Special Representative lauded the Republic of Kazakhstan for funding the
project, which he said will go along way in improving the well-being of the
beneficiaries. He re-affirmed AMISOM’s commitment to community engagements in
Somalia, especially in the regional states.

Sinking of wells was a priority project to the villagers, who lacked clean water
sources; after existing water wells were poisoned by fleeing Al-Shabaab militants.

Lack of access to safe water remains a challenge in most parts of Somalia, and is a
leading cause of waterborne and diarrheal diseases. Other than providing potable
water, it is hoped that the wells will also reduce inter-community conflicts, sparked
off by scarcity of water resources.

“We are grateful to AMISOM and its partners for implementing these 16 shallow
wells for us. They will greatly help the villages surrounding Jowhar,” the Mayor of
Jowhar Mr. Salah Mude Ali said. He was flanked by the Deputy Governor of Middle
Shabelle Mr. Mohamed Abdi Sheikh, and District Commissioner, Abshir Adow Hirabe.

To support communities in areas where it operates, AMISOM is spearheading several


community projects, among them; community engagement football tournaments in
Lower and Middle Shabelle regions; community mobilization, with the sole purpose
of listening to the communities and documenting firsthand, the challenges they face;
and providing solutions to those challenges.

END