US, UPDF donate to El – Nini affected locals in Somalia

Man Jose Kayima

The United States Army in conjunction with UPDF operating under the mandate of the African Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and based at Ceeljale – Uganda Battle Group 37 Headquarters, have donated 9 tons of wheat flour, baking powder and an assortment of medicines to locals in Marka district.

The relief items were delivered and received by local authorities headed by Marka district Member of Parliament Hon Hajji Hussein Ali.

The relief items are to be distributed to flood affected communities of Ceeljale, Buufow and KM50.

Hon Hajji Hussein Ali thanked the US Army and ATMIS for the selfless support and good cooperation existing among humanities.

He noted that the partnership has not only been in fighting the Al-Shabaab terror group but also in supporting communities affected by vagaries of nature.

“Thank you for supporting us not only in fighting enemies of peace but also in providing humanitarian assistance to alleviate the suffering of our people,” observed Hajji Hussein.

The Marka District Commissioner, Mr. Osman Musa informed the delegates that due to heavy rains this year, Somalis have been badly affected by floods thereby impacting on levels of food insecurity, household displacement, destruction of critical infrastructure and the resultant contribution to loss of livelihoods.

“Our people have no shelter, water borne diseases are rampant and food crops have been affected. Your support has come at the right time,” the District Commissioner appreciated.

Meanwhile, Col Charles Kibaate Asiimwe; the Battle Group 37 commander, speaking on behalf of Sector One commander Brig Gen Peter Omola, appreciated the United States Army and Partners for the timely response to the humanitarian aid rendered to Somali brothers.

He said ATMIS and Partners will continue to lobby other international agencies to render the necessary support to locals affected by El-nino rains.

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