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Sierra Leonean Police Officers Feted For Distinguished Service In Somalia

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1 Wide shot, The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of theAfrican Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia disembarking from the planeupon arrival in Kismayo for the Medal award ceremony to outgoing SierraLeone Formed Police Unit2.
 
Mid shot, AMISOM and UN officials waiting to receive the guests arriving forthe medal award ceremony3.
 
Mid shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo, greeting the Head of UNSOM (UnitedNations Assistance Mission in Somalia) regional office in Kismayo, Dr.Magnus Bjarnason upon arrival4.
 
Mid shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo flanked by the Acting AMISOM PoliceCommissioner, Rex Dundun, greeting AMISOM top officials helping uponarrival in Kismayo5.
 
Mid shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo and other officials going to inspect a guardof honour6.
 
Wide shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo, getting ready to inspect a guard ofhonour7.
 
Mid shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo, getting ready to inspect a guard of honour8.
 
Mid shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo, inspecting a guard of honour9.
 
Mid shot, AMISOM troops marching after mounting a guard of honour10.
 
Wide shot, Formed Police Unit from Sierra Leone gathered in a room for themedal award ceremony11.
 
Wide shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo flanked by other officials standing atattention as the Sierra Leonean national anthem plays12.
 
Mid shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo flanked by other officials standing atattention as the Sierra Leonean national anthem plays13.
 
Mid shot, Sierra Leone FPU’s saluting a
s the national anthem plays14.
 
SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) SIMON MULONGO, DEPUTY SPECIALREPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNIONCOMMISSION (DSRCC) FOR SOMALIA
“The FPU (Formed Police Unit) number one that came on April 17th last year
has given us a reason to celebrate because of your excellent and professional
performance since you came here to this region.”
 15.
 
Wide shot, FPUs from Sierra Leone getting ready for the medal awardceremony16.
 
Wide shot, FPUs from Sierra Leone looking on during the medal awardceremony17.
 
Mid shot, FPUs from Sierra Leone looking on during the medal awardceremony18.
 
Mid shot, AMISOM Police officers getting ready for the award ceremony19.
 
Close up shot, medals in a tray20.
 
Wide shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo pinning a medal on a Sierra Leonean FPUofficer21.
 
Mid shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo pinning a medal on a Sierra Leonean FPUofficer22.
 
Mid shot, DSRCC, Simon Mulongo handing over a certificate to an FPU officerfrom Sierra Leone23.
 
SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) SIMON MULONGO, DEPUTY SPECIALREPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNIONCOMMISSION (DSRCC) FOR SOMALIA
“Your coming to Kismayo and operating in Jubbaland is going to leave a
historical mark for laying a foundation in this region for the police to regrowand become a fundamental contributor to the stability of Jubbaland and
Somalia in general.”
 24.
 
SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) REX DUNDUN, ACTING AMISOM POLICECOMMISSIONER
 
“The (AMISOM) Police component has noted with delight that while
performing their (outgoing FPU officers) duties enumerated above, membersof this unit have been exemplary, diligent, committed and dedicated in theirselfless service to humanity and attainment of peace in Somalia. It is in thisregard that I convey my hearty congratulations to the female and maleofficers and employ them to remain focused for the remaining days they willbe in the Mission and be good ambassadors of Sierra Leone and African
Union.”
 25.
 
Wide shot, Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner, Rex Dundun pinning amedal on a Sierra Leonean FPU officer26.
 
Mid shot, Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner, Rex Dundun pinning amedal on a Sierra Leonean FPU officer27.
 
Mid shot, Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner, Rex Dundun handing out acertificate to a Sierra Leonean FPU officer28.
 
SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) NOOR SHAFE ABDULLAHI, DIRECTOR GENERAL INTHE JUBBALAND STATE MINISTRY OF SECURITY
 
“On behalf of the Jubbaland State Ministry of Security and entire Jubbaland,
we would like to heartily appreciate our AMISOM brothers (and sisters)especially the outgoing contingent. What I want to tell you on behalf of
Jubbaland is that you give us the best gift that a person can be given.
(Sacrificing one’s blood) to stabilize a country is not something that can betaken for granted.”
 29.
 
Wide shot, Dr. Magnus Bjarnason, head of UNSOM regional office in Kismayopinning a medal on a Sierra Leonean FPU officer30.
 
Mid shot, Dr. Magnus Bjarnason, head of UNSOM regional office in Kismayopinning a medal on a Sierra Leonean FPU officer31.
 
Mid shot, Sierra Leonean FPU officer posing for a photo after receiving hiscertificate32.
 
SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) DR. MAGNUS BJARNASON, HEAD OF UNSOMREGIONAL OFFICE IN KISMAYO
 
“You did an absolutely excellent job for the AU Police, supporting the
Individual Police Officers. You have also done an excellent job in supportingthe family of United Nations agencies, funds and programs in this case theHigh Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Development Program,UNSOM Political Affairs. Thank you all for your good de
dicated support.”
 33.
 
Wide shot, Sierra Leonean FPU officers applauding34.
 
SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) AKAN UNAAM, ACTING COORDINATOR OF AMISOMPOLICE IN JUBBALAND STATE
 
“I found them (outgoing FPU officers) to be very reliable, very loyal and very
hardworking. If I had my way, I would write a very favorable report. I do hopethat the incoming team will be as dependable as they are because (they have
been) very dutiful and reliable officers.”
35.
 
Wide shot, group photo
Sierra Leonean police officers feted for distinguished service in SomaliaKismayo, 15 April 2019 –
 More than 100 Sierra Leonean police officers stationed inJubbaland were awarded medals for their exemplary contribution in securing thefederal member state.The 159 officers from the Formed Police Unit (FPU) were honoured by the AfricanUnion Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) after completing their one-year tour of duty inJubbaland State.
“The FPU contingent from Sierra Leone has given us a reason to celebrate because of
their excellent and professional performance of their duties in Jubbaland State and
helping AMISOM execute its mandate of securing Somalia,” said the Deputy Special
Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) forSomalia, Simon Mulongo, during the ceremony held in Kismayo on Saturday.Mr. Mulongo said the deployment of the contingent to Kismayo had laid a firmfoundation for the transformation of Jubbaland Police into a formidable forcecapable of protecting not only the federal member state but also Somalia.
The ceremony was attended by senior officials from AMISOM, United Nations andJubbaland administration, among them, the Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner,Rex Dundun; Jubbaland State Deputy Security Minister, Isack Mohamed Hassan, andthe head of United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) regional office inKismayo, Magnus Bjarnason.Mr. Dundun thanked the FPU contingent for working closely with the Jubbalandadministration in developing capacity of Jubbaland Police Force and protectingcommunities against insurgents.The officers were deployed to Jubbaland last year to provide operational support toJubbaland State Police Force, secure communities and train local security officersamong others.The contingent, which is the first FPU from Sierra Leone, is part of the additionalpolice officers authorized by the UN Security Council to be deployed in Somalia in itsresolution 2372 of 2017.The resolution sanctioned a minimum of 1,040 AMISOM Police personnel and fiveFormed Police Units to help Somalia establish a strong police force and bring backlaw and order in liberated areas.The Acting Coordinator of AMISOM Police in Jubbaland State, Akan Unaam,described the officers as hardworking men and women and urged the incomingteam to emulate outgoing contingent.His sentiments were echoed by Mr. Bjarnason, who said the unit performed theirduties with distinction and in the interest of the local communities.
“You did an absolutely excellent job for the AU police, supporting the individual
police officers and also the United Nations family, namely its agencies, funds and
programs,” the UNSOM official added.
 The Director General in Jubbaland State Ministry of Security, Noor Shafe Abdullahi,thanked AMISOM for the sacrifice made in securing Somalia and urged development
partners to continue supporting the country’s stabilization process to bring back
lasting peace and security.

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