Pictorial; UPDF Brings Basket of Joy to Somalia

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With a force of about 5,700 soldiers in Somalia, Uganda is in charge of Banadir region which covers Mogadishu city and Lower Shabelle regions. The lower Shabelle region covers part of Somalia's Indian Ocean coastline.

Uganda has three Battle Grounds in Somalia. The first is situated in Afgooye District, 30 kilometres from Mogadishu; the second in Ceelijaale, 125 kilometres from Mogadishu, and the third, in Barawe - south-west of lower Shabelle, 240 kilometres from Mogadishu.

From Ceelijaale, Our reporter observes that the interior of Somalia is poverty stricken. People have no access to basic needs such as health, water, food among others. Malnourished children, depressed and idle men and women living in fear of insecurity are what make living in the interior of Somalia quite depressing.

A glance at a sedentary old woman from a distance presents a striking resemblance of children who may also be indistinguishable from their parents. The people's miseries are compounded by lack government visibility in the areas where they dwell. 

In such a situation, UPDF soldiers are largely the source of basic needs for Somalis living in their operation zones. Blanshe Musinguzi was in Somalia has been in Somalia. He now brings you images of the work that has cemented a bond of friendship between Ugandan troops and Somali nationals. 

 

To license these photos, contact Douglas Mutumba, Client Relations Officer. Email: [email protected]; Office: +256 414 530777; Cell: +256 758 745021.

 

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Buufow UPDF Forward Operating Base commander, Lt Col Robert Nahamya givinng food to Somali kids.
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A UPDF soldier helping Somali elderly woman to wash her hands before eating at Buufow Forward Operating Base
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Men were not left behind. Here are they, munching food given to them by UPDF soldiers.
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A somali woman with her merchandise on display in the in the market. UPDF established a created a marketplace for women near their base in Ceeljaale. Its UPDF soldiers who purchase Somalis merchandise.
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A Somali woman mining stones from the Indian Ocean. She earns between 20 to 30 dollars per month from selling stones.
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A somali woman displaying her merchandise on the roadside in the evening hours. When peace prevails, UPDF says Somalis life will improve.
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A somali woman underdoing medical check up at UPDF facility
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Somali youth playing soccer in the evening. This is one of the playfields that UPDF has established for young people.
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Children watching soccer as their elder brothers play on the playfield created by UPDF soldiers in Ceeljaale
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Somali youth aboad a car heading to the playground for evening soccer. UPDF has established playfields for youth.
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Two Somalis mining stones along the shores of Indian Ocean in Ceeljaale
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Stone and limestone mining along Indian Ocean is a major economic activity in Ceeljaale. This is a young man preparing to burn mined limestone. The limestone is used as building material.
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UPDF soldiers giving bscuits and yoghourt to Somali children in Ceeljaale
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A UPDF soldier having a light laugh with a Somali kid
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