To end intermittent flare-ups triggered by inter-clan conflicts in Somalia, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), has organised a capacity building workshop to enhance peace and unity through community engagement.
The workshop also focused on conflict resolution for leaders in the grassroots, in the Lower Shabelle region, one of the areas adversely impacted by such conflicts.
District administrators, religious leaders, traditional elders and representatives of women and youth groups from Marka (el Jaale, Shalambot), Aw Dhegely/KM50 and Afgoye districts were among the workshop participants.
The three-day gathering held in the capital Mogadishu was facilitated by AMISOM’s Political Affairs Unit and funded by Danish government.
“We are passing over responsibilities that we have been handling to the people of Somalia,” Mr. Simon Mulongo, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, remarked in his address to the participants today. He urged them to find amicably ways to resolve their differences.
“We expect you to use the skills and knowledge acquired here, to promote peace,” he said, while also challenging them to focus on the delivery of essential social services such as health, education, emergency humanitarian response and infrastructure development.
AMISOM’s Senior Political Affairs Officer, Mr. Hajji Ssebirumbi Kisinziggo, noted that the training workshop was also organised to support ongoing efforts in Marka (el Jaale, Shalambot), Aw Dhegely/KM50, by the Sector 1 Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) unit, to end clan differences through dialogue.
“We are expanding in terms of building capacity and we shall also emphasize dialogue and reconciliation, as we work towards the transitioning of responsibilities to the Somali security forces,” Mr. Ssebirumbi said.