(Xinhua) -- Somalia has opened a
rehabilitation center for former Al-Shabaab combatants in the
southern port city of Kismayo.
The United Nations Mission
in Somalia (UNSOM) said in a statement on Thursday that the center
which is the fourth to be established in the Horn of Africa nation
is part of Somalia’s National Programme for the Treatment and
Handling of Disengaged Combatants.
Director of the UNSOM Rule of Law and Security Institutions
Group, Staffan Tillander said the establishment of the center will
go a long way towards countering violent extremism by spurring
development in the region.
"Without peace, there won’t be any development, and this center
will help in preventing violent extremism.
"It will support a much broader programme, supported by Germany,
Japan and others," Tillander said.
UNSOM and development partners have supported the establishment
of similar transition centers in Baidoa, Belet Weyne and Mogadishu.
Besides providing vocational training, the centers also offer
psychological counseling to ex-combatants to facilitate their
reintegration into local communities.
The construction of the center was funded by the German
government with support from the UNSOM, Somalia government and
Deputy German Ambassador to Somalia, Markus Bollmohr said the
opening of the center was part of a comprehensive approach to
security focusing not only on hard security measures such as a
strong police and military force but also on the reconciliatory and
rehabilitation aspects of security.
African Union to work with new
Prime Minister to stabilize Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The African Union top envoy for Somalia vowed
Thursday to work closely with the newly appointed Prime Minister
Hassan Ali Khaire to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African
Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Madeira said he has full
confidence in Khaire who was sworn in on Wednesday in Mogadishu and
immediately promised to enhance the fight against insecurity and
"The African Union and AMISOM in particular have full confidence
in the new Prime Minister’s ability to deliver for the people of
Somalia," Madeira said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
He said Khaire’s vast experience in humanitarian work and
business will be a key asset for the new government.
Madeira reaffirmed AMISOM’s commitment to working closely with
the new government as it embarks on the task of making Somalia a
stable country with the capacity to provide for its people.
The AU envoy also commended the members of the Federal Parliament
of Somalia for demonstrating their confidence in Khaire and thereby
ensuring a speedy confirmation process.
The new PM who holds a dual Somali-Norwegian citizenship has now
30 days to form his new cabinet that will be tasked with
transforming the Horn of Africa nation amid security, drought and
AMISOM Public Information Officers urged to embrace modern