AU seeks help to resettle Somalis in liberated areas

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Mogadishu – The African peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) on Friday called for humanitarian support to help resettle residents in the areas liberated from Al-Shabaab.

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AMISOM deputy force commander Maj. Gen. James Lakara said in a statement said that the peacekeeping mission needed more resources to help resettle locals who had fled in fear of the militants.

“I am pleased to note that the local population support AMISOM and work hand in hand with AMISOM, this is good for the mission,” he said.

Lakara also said there was an urgent need to help locals resume normal life after being displaced in areas formerly under control of the insurgents who have waged several attacks against the Western-backed Somalia government.

He also urged the international community to increase resources to help stabilise Somalia.

“In the near future the people will be able to stand on their own and not depend on AMISOM for support.

“To achieve this goal, AMISOM’s mission is to ensure that it builds the needed capacities,” Lakara said.

He further said that said the peacekeeping force was ready to work with the local population in Dinsoor to help bring peace and security.

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“Closer cooperation between AMISOM and the residents should be replicated in other parts of the country, ‘’ Lakara added. (Xinhua/NAN)


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