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31012014 Lifeguards of Mogadishu

31012014 Lifeguards of Mogadishu

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Sun, sand and plenty of fun, marks a day at the beach, but this beach is in one of the least expected places. Lido beach in the heart of the Somali capital Mogadishu has come alive and people here are making the best of the weekend. This was not the case just 3 years ago when al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda aligned extremist group run this city, but times have changed.

With thousands of city residents finally able to enjoy their country’s seashores, a team of lifeguards have been trained by the municipality to ensure their safety and reduce the number of drowning cases that have occurred in the past.
Sun, sand and plenty of fun, marks a day at the beach, but this beach is in one of the least expected places. Lido beach in the heart of the Somali capital Mogadishu has come alive and people here are making the best of the weekend. This was not the case just 3 years ago when al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda aligned extremist group run this city, but times have changed.

With thousands of city residents finally able to enjoy their country’s seashores, a team of lifeguards have been trained by the municipality to ensure their safety and reduce the number of drowning cases that have occurred in the past.

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STORY: LIFEGUARDS OF MOGADISHU TRT: 3:38 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI/NATS DATELINE: 31
st
 JANUARY 2014, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, pan of Lido beach 2.Med shot, people at the beach 3. Close up, children swimming with an inner-tire tube 4. Wide shot, people at the beach with lifeguard on watch 5. Med shot, lifeguard on his high chair 6. Med shot, lifeguard on the lookout 7. Close up, lifeguard face 8. Wide shot, motorboats patrolling 9. Med shot, people swimming 10. Med shot, Mogadishu District Commissioner in a lifeboat 11. Wide shot, DC in the lifeboat SOUNDBITE (Somali)
 
Abdullahi Hussein Hassan
 Abdiaziz District Commissioner
“I am very happy that
this project has been initiated a
nd it’s
 saving lives. As you can see that there are lots of people here not only from this area but all parts of the city and outside as well. They have come here and are having fun and after they can go
home safe.”
 12. Wide shot, lifeguards on the look out from their boats 13. Close up, Omar Haji Mohamud
 –
 Lido beach Life Guard 14. Med shot, people swimming 15. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Omar Haji Mohamud, Lido beach Life Guard:
“People often drown because the waves are heavy an
d they pull them to sea and
many don’t know how to swim,
so we go and rescue them. Every weekend we save many lives without pay, we volunteer our time and experience. The district commissioner provides us with the fuel we need
.”
 16. Wide shot, lifeboat patrolling as people swim 17. Wide shot, people swimming as boat speeds by 18. Wide shot, pan, people pushing the lifeboats 19. VOXPOP (Somali) Mohamed Omar, Mogadishu resident:
“There were a lot of challenges bef 
ore and people lost their lives, but now we have boats to save people, which is an improvement from the government. We want to thank them for that and it
shows that they are supporting the youth.”
 
 
20. VOXPOP (Somali) Osman, Mogadishu resident:
I come here every Friday and I am happy with the improvement being made because it allows me to swim safely.
 21. VOXPOP (English) Mohamed Yusuf, Spokesperson Mo
gadishu Mayor’s Office:
 
“You see I am here without my security guard, I am enjoying with my generation
without fear. I am not fearing now compared back to three years ago, al Shabaab was controlling this area, no one, none of us could come here, even us, so today we are free and we have to thank the African Union, our friends of the African Union, they give us an opportunity
to defeat al Shabaab.”
 22. Med shot, pan from man swimming to the beach 23. Wide shot, boat with lifeguards patrolling
STORY:
Sun, sand and plenty of fun, mark a day at the beach; but this beach is in one of the least expected places. Lido beach in the heart of the Somali capital Mogadishu has come alive and people here are making the best of the weekend. This was not the case just 3 years ago when al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda aligned extremist group run this city, but times have changed. With thousands of city residents finally able
to enjoy their country’s seashores
, a team of lifeguards has been trained by the municipality to ensure their safety and reduce the number of drowning cases that have occurred in the past.
The project was initiated by the Mogadishu Mayor’s office and the district
commissioner of the area, tasked with implementing it. Abdullahi Hussein Hassan was a teacher before he became the commissioner; he remembers one of his students drowning at this very beach and was eager to safeguard others.
“I am very happy that
this project has been initiated a
nd it’s
 saving lives.
” Says
Abdullahi Hussein Hassan
As you can see there are lots of people here not only from this area but all parts of the city and outside as well. They have come here and
are having fun and after they can go home safe.”
 The team of 15 lifeguards, volunteer their time and boats over the weekend, they
are mostly fishermen from the area and the commissioner’s office
 provided them with training and gives them with fuel to run their boats.
“People often drown because the waves are heavy an
d it pulls them to sea and
many don’t know how to swim,
so we go and rescue them.
” Says
 Omar Haji Mohamud
, a fisherman turned lifeguard. “
Every weekend we save many lives without pay, we volunteer our time and experience. The districts commissioner provides us with fuel we need
.”
 

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