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STORY: THOUSANDS MARK SOMALI YOUTH

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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI/NATS
DATELINE: 15/MAY/2015, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOT LIST
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Wide shot, the military band showcasing some of their
skills as they match
2.
Med shot, the military band
3.
Wide shot, the Karate club showcase their talent
4.
Med shot, a female member from the Karate Club
demonstrates a some skills
5.
Wide shot, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, President of
Somalia
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Med shot, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, President of
Somalia
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Wide shot, some of the youths who attended the
function
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Med shot, some of the youths present at the function
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SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) HASSAN SHEIKH MOHAMOUD,
PRESIDENT OF SOMALIA.
The message I have for you today is to urge the youth to build
their country. The country awaits no one else except you. You
have to double your efforts. The youth who formed Somali Youth
League 72 years ago sacrificed their lives for the sake of the
country to be independent and realize bigger dreams. I urge you
to follow suit and work towards developing your country.
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Wide shot, youths holding a banner at the event
2.
SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) NIMA ABDIRAHMAN, SOMALI
YOUTH.

I am very happy because I am one of the youth and my hope is


to be like the Somali Youth League and I am ready to pull up my
socks and work for my country.
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Wide shot, the youth celebrating
2.
Wide shot, guests present at the Youth Day seminar
3.
Med shot, Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ chairman
4.
Wide shot, participants present at the seminar
5.
Med shot, participants present at the seminar
6.
Close up, Abdirahman Omar Osman, Communications
Advisor
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Close up, a participant at the seminar
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SOUNDBITE: AHMED OSMAN MOHAMED, DIRECTOR OF
OPERATIONS, CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT.
The agenda we have here is for the role of the youth on Vision
2016 because we know that the youth is the biggest component
in Vision 2016 and it goes without saying that their contribution
to Vision 2016 is vital. So the objective of this is for the youth to
understand their role in 2016 like federalism process,
democratization process that will lead to elections in 2016 and
the review of the constitution and a lot of things. Our focus is to
get ideas from the youth on Vision 2016 so that we can analyse
together as the youth what kind of election is possible here in
Somalia.
1.
Med shot, Abdirahman Omar Osman, Communications
Advisor
2.
Med shot, participants at the seminar
3.
Wide shot, youth representatives present at the seminar
4.
Close up, master of ceremony conducts the seminar
5.
Med shot, Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ chairman
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SOUNDBITE: ABDIRAHMAN OMAR OSMAN,
COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR, FGS.
I was very pleased to see the debate, the discussions, the
questions they raised was very valid on what the government is
doing in terms of empowering the young people to ensure that
elections take place; what kind of elections will be held and all
that was debated and what was agreed as group of young people
is to continue with the debate and discussion after the event.
1.
Med shot, participants present at the seminar
2.
Close up, a participants writes down some points taken
3.
Med shot, participants at the seminar
STORY
Somali Youth League Day marked by thousands across
Somalia

Youth across all regions of Somalia turned up in their towns in large


numbers to mark the 72nd Somali Youth League Day. The day is held
every year to celebrate Somalias first youth driven political party
which was founded on 15th May 1943 and played a key role in the
countrys struggle for independence.
In Mogadishu, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud joined thousands
of youth in a walk along the citys streets, and laid a wreath of
flowers in honour of independence heroes, at the Somali Youth
League (SYL) monument in central Mogadishu.
Speaking to the youth after laying the wreath, the President said,
The message I have for you today is to urge the youth to build their
country. The country awaits no one else except you. You have to
double your efforts. The youth who formed SYL 72 years ago
sacrificed their life for the sake of the country to be independent
and realize bigger dreams. I urge you to follow suit and work
towards developing your country.
Seperately, in Mogadishu, Baidoa and Kismayo, youths
commemorated the day with dialogue on deepening their
involvement in the democratic process of the country.
At the Universal Guest House in Mogadishu, the Centre for
Development and Empowerment (CDE) organised a dialogue under
the theme, Today belongs to Somalias Youth. The Director of
Operations at CDE Ahmed Osman Mohamed, emphasized the need
to raise awareness among the youth so as to sensitize and
encourage them to get more involved on national issues. The
agenda we have here is for the role of the youth on Vision 2016,
because we know that the youth is the biggest component in Vision
2016 and it goes without saying that their contribution to Vision
2016 is vital. So the objective of this is for the youth to understand
their role in 2016 like federalism process, democratization process
that will lead to elections in 2016 and the review of the constitution
and a lot of things. Our focus is to get ideas from the youth on Vision
2016 so that we can analyse together as the youth what kind of
election is possible here in Somalia, said Mohamed.
A communications advisor to the Federal Government of Somalia
(FGS), Abdirahman Omar Osman, who was a panelist at the youth
dialogue, described it as engaging and productive. I was very
pleased to see the debate, the discussions, the questions they
raised was very valid on what the government is doing in terms of
empowering the young people to ensure that elections take place;

what kind of elections will be held and all that was debated and
what was agreed as group of young people is to continue with the
debate and discussion after the event, he added.
In the port city of Kismayo, the event was graced by the Deputy
Leader of the Interim Juba Administration Abdikadir Lugadere who
urged the youth to work hard and rebuild their country. I appreciate
the hard working youth in Jubbaland and congratulate all Somali
youth who have taken the path of peace and stability. You are the
future of Somalia, stressed Mr. Lugadere.
In Baidoa, at least 300 youth converged at the parliament premises
of the Interim South West Administration, to celebrate the day. The
colourful event in Baidoa was presided over by the Minister of Youth
and Sports, Abdullahi Abdi Omar. The minister said, We are so
proud to celebrate this important day of Somali Youth Day in Baidoa.
The SYL proved that given an opportunity, the youth can bring
change. We urge the youth to seize the moment and take a cue
from the SYL.
70-percent of Somalias population is under 30 years of age,
according to available statistics.
ENDS.