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STORY: SOMALI FORCES AND AMISOM

CAPTURE BARAWE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI
DATELINE: October 5+6, 2014 / Barawe, Somalia


INTRO: The coastal city of Barawe in Somalia, the last stronghold of extremist
group al-Shabaab, is now fully under the control of the Somali National Army (SNA)
supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Baraawe is located 220 kilometers southwest of the capital Mogadishu. This is the
first time in 23 years that its residents will experience a government’s presence since
the collapse of central rule in 1993.

SHOTLIST:

BARAWE, SOMALIA (OCTOBER 5, 2015)
1. Wide shot, soldier on hill looking into Barawe
2. Medium shot, soldier on hill overlooking Barawe
3. Wide shot, view of Barawe
4. Medium shot, view of Barawe port

BARAWE, SOMALIA (OCTOBER 6, 2015)
5. Wide shot, military vehicles driving towards Barawe
6. Medium shot, trucks moving towards Barawe
7. Wide shot, soldiers walking into Barawe
8. Medium shot, soldiers walking
9. Wide shot, soldiers walking through streets
10. Medium shot, soldiers patrolling Barawe’s streets
11. Wide shot, soldiers walking
12. Medium shot, soldier carrying al-Shabaab flag
13. Wide shot, soldiers walking near a building
14. Wide shot, soldiers taking defensive positions
15. Medium shot, military vehicles in the steets
16. Medium shot, soldiers taking defensive positions/military vehicles
17. Wide shot, exterior of a restaurant
18. Close up, restaurant sign
19. (SOUNDBITE) (Somali) GOVERNOR, LOWER SHABELLE, ABDUL
KADIR JS SIIDI
“Barawe had become a human slaughterhouse, and this was a center for al-
Qaeda and foreign fighters who came from Asia and other African countries
therefore we are congratulating AMISOM. We have been reborn today.”
20. Wide shot, Somali National Army (SNA) technicals in the street
21. Medium shot, SNA soldiers sitting in the back of a technical
22. Wide shot, soldiers in position around a shop
23. Medium shot, soldiers positioned outside a shop
24. (SOUNDBITE)(English) AMISOM UGANDAN CONTINGENT
COMMANDER BRIG. GEN. DICK OLUM:
“This morning at five’o’clock we advanced and it took us only 30 minutes,
actually 45 minutes to reach Barawe. We are now in Barawe, we’ve taken
over Barawe, this specific ground right here, is the exact ground where al-
Shabaab used to conduct its executions. The execution of those they think
were going against the Sharia law and it’s this ground, and it’s this same
ground that we have decided to come and bring this population and tell the
people of Barawe that al-Shabaab is no more, and that we are taking charge,
the government of Somalia is taking charge, the Somali National Army has
taken charge.”
25. Wide shot, residents of Barawe walking in the street
26. Medium shot, Gen. Olum greeting residents

STORY
The coastal city of Barawe in Somalia, the last stronghold of extremist group al-
Shabaab, is now fully under the control of the Somali National Army (SNA)
supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Baraawe is located 220 kilometers southwest of the capital Mogadishu. This is the
first time in 23 years that its residents will experience a government’s presence since
the collapse of central rule in 1993.
“Barawe had become a human slaughterhouse, and this was a center for al-Qaeda and
foreign fighters who came from Asia and other African countries therefore we are
congratulating AMISOM. We have been reborn today,” said Abdul Kadir Siidi, the
governor of Lower Shabelle.
Al-Shabaab fighters unsuccessfuly tried to launch counterattacks at Ambressa, six
kilometers from Barawe and also used Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
The liberation of the picturesque city is the latest victory the joint forces are recording
under Operation Indian Ocean. The Operation aims to push the besieged militants out
of their bases along mainland Africa’s longest coastline.
“This morning at five’o’clock we advanced and it took us only 30 minutes, actually
45 minutes to reach Barawe. We are now in Barawe, we’ve taken over Barawe, this
specific ground right here, is the exact ground where al-Shabaab used to conduct its
executions. The execution of those they think were going against the Sharia law and
it’s this ground, and it’s this same ground that we have decided to come and bring this
population and tell the people of Barawe that al-Shabaab is no more, and that we are
taking charge, the government of Somalia is taking charge, the Somali National Army
has taken charge,” said Brigadier General Dick Olum, who commands AMISOM’s
Ugandan troops.
Gen. Olum also warned that although most of the insurgents have either fled the port
town or are hiding within the population, they will be hunted down and dealt with.
The capture of Baraawe is a significant victory for Somalia against the besieged
terrorist group that used the port to import arms, as well as receive foreign fighters
into their ranks. The militants also used Baraawe to export charcoal to the Middle
East, a lucrative multi-million dollar business that served as their main source of
funding.
The focus of the operation - which has also seen the towns of Ragga Ele and Adale
liberated - now shifts to the southern town of Jamame, about 55 kilometers north of
Kismayo.
END.