STORY: EID CELEBRATION IN MOGADISHU

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LANGUAGE: SOMALI/ ENGLISH
DATELINE: 28
th
/JULY/2014, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA


SHOT LIST

1. Wide shot, people walking to Lido beach
2. Med shot, Mogadishu residents at the beach
3. Wide shot, revelers at Lido beach
4. Med shot, people swimming at Lido beach
5. Close up shot, Somali women and children on a boat
6. Close up shot, Somali women playing in the water at the beach
7. Wide shot, Mogadishu residents at the beach
8. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI): ALI ISMAIL, MOGADISHU RESIDENT:
“As you can see the faces of the people, they are all happy to come here and
celebrate Eid and most of the Somalis are celebrating today and it is a big day for
us.”
9. Wide shot, Lido beach and people hanging out
10. Med shot, children playing in the water at Lido beach
11. Med shot, family playing in the water at the beach
12. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) AHMED MOHAMUD, MOGADISHU RESIDENT:
“We are very happy this Eid, Mogadishu is very different from the last two years.
There is relative peace and as you can see people are happy and enjoying
themselves in peace. There is no fighting in the capital and everything is okay.”
13. Med shot, people playing in the water
14. Med shot, Somali family playing in the water at the beach
15. Wide shot, Somali people enjoying themselves at the beach
16. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) FATUMA MOHAMUD, MOGADISHU RESIDENT:
“We are so happy today is Eid, as you can see the environment at the back is so
wonderful, so special yeah it is beautiful.”
17. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) AISHA MUSA, REVELER AT LIDO BEACH
“I am very happy to be here celebrating and this Eid is different from the other
Eids in terms of security, so I am happy to be here and celebrate in peace.”
18. Med shot, people enjoying themselves at the beach
19. Wide shot, Somalis dancing in Central Mogadishu at the UNSOM Mural
20. Med shot, Somalis dancing in Central Mogadishu
21. Close up shot, Somalis dancing
22. Wide shot, Somalis dancing along the street
23. Med shot, Somalis dancing in Central Mogadishu at the UNSOM Mural

STORY

Muslim faithfuls in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia today thronged the mosques in
as they celebrated Eid-ul-Futr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.

For the residents of Mogadishu, the celebrations are even more symbolic, being able
to congregate in the mosques in large numbers, shop and enjoy the country’s beauty
due to the relative peace currently enjoyed as a result of joint efforts of the African
Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army.

The residents hit the country’s recreational facilities including the beaches in big
numbers, while others took to the streets in song and dance.

Mogadishu was liberated from the al Shabaab in 2012, in a struggle marked with
fierce battles that the African Union forces endured to deliver the peace enjoyed in
Mogadishu today.

Ali Ismail, a resident of Mogadishu said it was indeed a special day for all celebrants.
“As you can see the faces of the people, they are all happy to come here and
celebrate Eid and most of the Somalis are celebrating today and it is a big day for
us,” he said.

Ahmed Mohamed, another resident of Mogadishu noted that the celebrations this
year were different from those of past years, mainly to the peace enjoyed in
Mogadishu today.
“We are very happy this Eid, Mogadishu is very different from the last two years.
There is relative peace and as you can see people are happy and enjoying
themselves in peace. There is no fighting in the capital and everything is okay,”
he said.

The other revelers at the Lido beach in Mogadishu carried the same message,
celebration of a day of significance but more so, being able to do so without the
fear of insecurity.

“We are so happy today is Eid, as you can see the environment at the back is so
wonderful, so special yeah it is beautiful,” said Fatuma Mohamud.

“I am very happy to be here celebrating and this Eid is different from the other
Eids in terms of security, so I am happy to be here and celebrate in peace,” added
Aisha Musa.

AMISOM has pledged to continue the struggle to defeat elements of terrorism not
only in Mogadishu but throughout Somalia. A recent operation saw 10 towns
liberated and is to be extended to other parts of the country, in a struggle aimed at
restoring peace, security, stability and freedom for all Somali people.
End.

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