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STORY: Former Al-Shabaab combatants graduate

from Baidoa Rehabilitation Centre


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DATELINE: 9/AUGUST/2016, BAIDOA, SOMALIA
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Wide shot, plane taxing at the runway


Med shot, German delegation disembarking from plane
Med shot, delegates arriving at Baidoa Airport
Wide shot, German Ambassador and delegation arriving at ISWA
Presidential Palace
5. Wide shot, delegates seated at graduation ceremony
6. Med shot, delegates seated at graduation ceremony
7. Close up, Vikram Parekh, Head of UNSOM Baidoa Office
8. Wide shot, former Al-Shabaab combatants attending graduation
ceremony
9. Close up, German Ambassador to Somalia, Jutta Frasch.
10. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Hassan Hussein Eelay, ISWA Minister of DDR
Today was the graduation ceremony for ex-combatants who have
successfully completed the rehabilitation. The former combatants have
undergone rigorous business classes, electrical engineering classes,
among other lessons at the center. We expect them to successfully
integrate and be part of their communities and carry out their own
businesses. We urge those who are still in the bush to come and benefit
from this program.
11. Med shot, delegates attending the graduation ceremony
12. Close up, a hand taking notes
13. Wide shot, guests attending the graduation ceremony
14. Med shot, (panning from left), former Al-Shabaab combatants
attending graduation
ceremony
15. Close up, Minister of DDR of ISWA Hassan Hussein Eelay
16. SOUNDBITE: Patrick Loots, UNSOM Chief DDR Officer
This is a good start for them and we are looking forward to support them
in future. We are also in the process to provide reintegration jobs for
them using funding from the Japanese government. The combination of

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these packages will provide sustainable livelihoods for the disengaged


combatants to ensure they do not rejoin Al-Shabaab again, and be
valuable contributors to their communities.
Med shot, former Al-Shabaab combatants attending graduation ceremony
Close up, Georg Schmidt, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and
the Sahel in Germanys Foreign Office
SOUNDBITE: GEORG SCHMIDT, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan
Africa and the Sahel in Germanys Foreign Office.
It was a very festive atmosphere and there is good reason to be festive.
I congratulated the people for their courage, it takes a lot of courage to
say no to killing and yes to peace and reconciliation, I also congratulated
the families who support these people.
SOUNDBITE: (Somali), Ibrahim, Former Al-Shabaab combatant
We received full education. I was taught carpentry and tailoring. I can
sew my clothes and those of my family. I can now do carpentry work with
ease, be it making a chair, a bed or other household furniture. I am
perfectly suited for the job.

21. Wide shot, former Al-Shabaab combatants attending graduation


ceremony
22. Close up, former Al-Shabaab combatant
23. Med shot, traditional leaders and religious leaders attending the
graduation ceremony
24. Med shot, former Al-Shabaab combatants performing a drama
25. Med shot, former Al-Shabaab combatants performing a drama
26. Med shot, German Ambassador and other delegates awarding
certificates to former Al-Shabaab combatants
27. Med shot, former Al-Shabaab combatants awarded certificates
28. Close up, former Al-Shabaab combatants receiving certificates
29. SOUNDBITE: Jutta Frasch, German Ambassador to Somalia
I came here to Baidoa to participate in the graduation ceremony of ex-AlShabaab fighters, that is, those who have been de-radicalized, trained
and are now able to run their own businesses or work as employees here
Baidoa. I think it is a wonderful project because it gives them the
opportunity to learn some skills. Some of them told us they had no skills
before joining the centre.
Former Al-Shabaab combatants graduate from Baidoa Rehabilitation
Centre
Baidoa, 9 August 2016 - Thirty former Al-Shabaab combatants have
graduated from the Baidoa Rehabilitation Centre in South West State of
Somalia after completing an intensive rehabilitation programme.
The ex-combatants, who received vocational training and psychological
support, expressed confidence, saying they were ready to contribute
positively to the development of Somalia. It is the third graduation ceremony
to be held at the centre since its establishment in Baidoa.

Ibrahim, a former Al-Shabaab combatant, said he was ready to turn a new


chapter in life, thanks to the Baidoa Rehabilitation Centre. We received full
education. I was taught carpentry and tailoring. I can sew my clothes and
those of my family. I can do carpentry work with ease, and make a chair, a
bed and other household furniture. I am perfectly suited for such work. I can
say I am ready to face the world, said Ibrahim, one of the 30 graduates.
Present at the ceremony were representatives from the Interim South West
Administration, among them, Minister of Interior, Abdirahman Ibrahim Satte;
Minister of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Hassan
Hussein Eelay and the Baidoa District Commissioner Abdullahi Ali Watiin.
United Nations representatives, elders, religious leaders and civil society also
graced the occasion.
The ceremony was also attended by a German delegation led by the Regional
Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel, Ambassador Georg Schmidt
and the German Ambassador to Somalia, Jutta Frasch.
The Minister of DDR urged Al-Shabaab militants who were still in the bush
fighting to lay down their weapons and join peace loving Somalis in rebuilding
the country. The former combatants have undergone rigorous business
classes, electrical engineering classes, among other lessons at the centre.
They have been given funds to start businesses. We expect them to
successfully integrate and be part of their communities, Mr Eelay said.
The Minister also thanked the German government and United Nations
Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) for the continued support of the
centre, saying the Baidoa Rehabilitation Centre had become a critical
institution in the fight against terror.
Ambassador Frasch commended the ex-combatants for successfully
completing the rehabilitation programme. It is a wonderful project because it
gives them the opportunity to learn some skills. Some of them told us they
had no skills before joining the centre, the Ambassador said.
Patrick Loots, UNSOMs Chief DDR Officer, observed that the former
combatants were ready to be integrated into their communities. This is a
good start for ex-combatants and we are looking forward to support them in
the future. We are also in the process of providing reinsertion jobs for them,
he stated.
Mr Loots noted that the enormous opportunities available for former AlShabaab combatants, will allow them to be valuable contributors to their
communities and help bring peace for Somalia.
UNSOM has been at the forefront in rehabilitating ex-combatants and helping
in the establishment of centres in other towns. The former combatants
successfully completed the rehabilitation programme led by the Federal
Government of Somalia with support of UNSOM. The initiative is funded by
the German government.

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