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AMISOM Honors Burundi Batallion

The SRCC for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, hands a certificate to a Burundian officer during a medal awards ceremony on Saturday

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has awarded medals and certificates to a battalion of Burundi soldiers, what is ed http://cdkstone.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-users-list-table.php for their distinguished service while on tour of duty in Somalia.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira presented the troops with the awards, at a farewell ceremony held for them in Mogadishu on Saturday.

Acting AMISOM Force Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammedesha Zeyinu, Burundi Ambassador to Somalia, Ambassador Joseph Nkurunziza and General Abdullahi Osman Agey, of the Somali National Army (SNA) attended the ceremony.

In his remarks, Ambassador Madeira commended the soldiers for liberating key areas from Al Shabaab and spearheading delivery of humanitarian aid to desperate populations.

“You are leaving with your mission accomplished. The tasks that you were assigned during your stay in Somalia have been accomplished. It is true that the war in Somalia is not yet over, but your mission has been accomplished,” Ambassador Madeira noted.

“I am very proud of the way Africa and Burundi in particular has fulfilled at this moment its international obligation and the African Union objective of giving a helping hand to our Somali brothers,” Ambassador Madeira added, as he addressed the troops who return home next week.

Burundi soldiers serving under AMISOM, listen to proceedings during a medal awards ceremony

Burundi soldiers serving under AMISOM, listen to proceedings during a medal awards ceremony

Burundi Ambassador to Somalia, Ambassador Joseph Nkurunziza lauded AMISOM’s role is peacebuilding in Somalia.

“You the 31st Battalion have kept the morale, courage and determination to overcome everything. Today you have got certificates and medals; all these distinguish you from others. This is your pride to go home with,” he told the soldiers.

Burundi's Ambassador to Somalia, Joseph Nkurunziza speaks during a medal awards ceremony

Burundi’s Ambassador to Somalia, Joseph Nkurunziza speaks during a medal awards ceremony

Maj.Gen. Mohammedesha echoed similar sentiments. “I am aware of the sacrifices you have made by obediently responding to the call of duty to participate in the restoration of peace in Somalia,” he said.

“History will acknowledge you for the things you did in Somalia and the areas you liberated from our enemy and the enemy of the continent, who are believe in the slaughter and massacre of innocent people,” concluded General Abdullahi Osman Agey of the Somali National Army.

Burundi is one of the five Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to AMISOM, others being Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia.

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