SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY TRAINS LOCAL MILITIAS



STORY: SNA AND AMISOM TRAIN LOCAL FIGHTERS
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SOURCE: AU/UN IST
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI/ ENGLISH
DATELINE: 30TH APRIL 2014, MARKA SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:
1. Extreme wide shot, militia on parade
2. Wide shot, militia marching on parade
3. Med shot, the trainees on parade
4. Close up shot, the militia on the parade
5. Wide shot, the militia marching
6. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) Mohamed Osman Ali, Governor of Marka District:
“The training of the militias is going on well, because they came here voluntarily. The aim of the training is to defend their country and the people of Marka from the al-Shabaab.”
7. Med shot, Somali National Army soldiers
8. Wide up, trainees on parade
9. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) Somalia National Army Instructors:
“The war mongers are also there but these militia men have been trained to face everything, particularly anything abusing Marka region and the government of Somalia.”
10. Wide shot, the trainees seated on the ground
11. Close up, one of the trainee’s foot ware
12. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Maj. Simon Pitola, Battle Group Civil Military Cooperation Officer:
“Government troops in this particular area are very few. It’s just a section who normally man a check point just near our quarter guard on the main road going to Marka; so the entire security in this village is manned by the local militia. It’s not by the SNA, the government troops and these local militia are really doing us good. Of recent, they reported when al-Shabaab wanted to come and attack one of our detaches. They reported and we alerted our people, so when al-Shabaab came, they found when our people were already alert.”
13. Med shot, militia trainees seated on the ground
14. Close up, female militia
15. Wide shot, female militia
16. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI): Female fighter:
“I was obliged to join the militias because of the security problems in the country and the Lower Shabelle region. That is why I joined the militia and stopped my Education.”
17. Wide shot, militia trainees

STORY:
Residents and local militia of Marka district in the Lower Shebelle region have voluntarily enlisted for training by the Somali National Army (SNA) and troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), in a bid to guard the area from potential attacks by al Shabaab.

The town is located approximately 109 km South West of the Capital Mogadishu and has over time suffered sporadic attacks from the al Shabaab, who torture residents or robbing them of their property.

Tired of the attacks, the residents and local militia have now mobilized themselves and sought training from AMISOM, to enable them protect themselves and property more effectively.

Mohamed Osman Ali, the governor of Marka district says the training has run very smoothly and will go a long way in boosting the security in the area.

“The training of the militias is going on well, because they came here voluntarily. The aim of the training is to defend their country and the people of Marka from the al-Shabaab,” he says.

The training has seen the militias equipped with different skills enabling them to deal with the security threats they might be faced with.

“The war mongers are also there but these militia men have been trained to face everything, particularly anything abusing Marka region and the government of Somalia,” says of the trainers, a member of the Somali National Army.

AMISOM soldiers say such groups supplement the efforts of the Somali National Army and are able to protect areas that government troops may be unable to reach.

Maj. Simon Pitola, the battle group Civil Military Cooperation Officer says the local militia have been effective in warding off planned attacks by the al Shabaab.

“Government troops in this particular area are very few, it’s just a section who normally man a check point just near our quarter guard on the main road going to Marka; so the entire security in this village is manned by the local militia. It’s not by the SNA, the government troops and these local militia are really doing us good. Of recent, they reported when al-Shabaab wanted to come and attack one of our detaches (detachments). They reported and we alerted our people, so when al-Shabaab came, they found when our people were already alert,” he says.

“I was obliged to join the militias because of the security problems in the country and in the Lower Shebelle region. That is why I joined the militia and stopped my education,” says one of the female militia.

Somalia now enjoys relative security as a result of effort by the Somali National Army, supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia.

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