7th June 2013: Mogadishu: The Djiboutian contingent serving under the umbrella of the African Union Mission in Somalia in the Beledweyne city of Hiraan region yesterday marked the anniversary of the creation of the Djibouti Armed Forces (DJAF).
36 years ago on 6th June, the army was established and celebrations were held across Djibouti to commemorate the event.
The celebrations in Beletweyne 332 kms north of the Somali capital Mogadishu were officiated by the AMISOM Chief of Staff Brig. Gen Osman Soubagleh who represented the AMISOM leadership.
In his message to the forces, the AMISOM Force Commander Lt. General Andrew Gutti, praised the work done so far in the Beletweyne area by the Djiboutian troops, said, “I salute you for doing a commendable job for the Somali people in the region not only in providing security but also humanitarian assistance and reconciliation efforts for the community and local administration”
The work of the Djiboutian troops has been varied. They have improved security in Beletweyne city and acted as mediators between warring clans. The troops have also conducted training for the Somali National Forces and brought members of militias together for training and integration into the Somali National Army.
They are also responsible for the reconstruction of the airstrip and other local infrastructure and have provided support to the establishment of local government administrations.
“The Somali people appreciate the reconstruction of the local infrastructure as it will help to facilitate their movements and businesses. The African Union and Somalis appreciate the sacrifices you are making to bring peace to your brothers and sisters of Somalia as they start to rebuild their country.”, said the AMISOM chief of Staff Brigadier General Osman Nour Soubagleh.
In December 2011, Djibouti became the third country to contribute to AMISOM. The country has deployed a contingent into Somalia and is based in sector 4 which is centered in Beletweyne and covers the Hiiran region.
Somali news leader