The two countries are bound by a fraternity of faith and humanity
Top political leadership in Somalia has expressed gratitude to the rulers of the UAE for their unstinted humanitarian efforts aimed at alleviating suffering in the African nation. A high-level delegation visiting Abu Dhabi comprising Somalia’s former president Sharif Shaikh Ahmad and former prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke thanked the UAE for its continued support to the troubled country.
Earlier this month a deadly terrorist bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, killed close to 400 people and left more than 500 injured. Located strategically in the Horn of Africa, Somalia has witnessed famine, extremism and instability for a very long time. The country’s leaders have been looking at avenues to provide jobs to millions of Somalis, a majority of whom are under the age of 35. With unemployment rate hovering at 66 per cent, the country urgently needs to put its economy in shape. Perennial challenges like famine and piracy have to be addressed.
Aware of the myriad problems facing Somalia, the UAE has been at the forefront of international efforts to provide aid and assistance to the country. During the beginning of this year, the UAE pledged Dh500 million to Mogadishu. The Emirates Red Crescent Authority also launched an aid campaign named “For Your Sake, Somalia” aimed to kickstart development projects in the country. Under the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a unified media campaign broadcast “For You Somalia” was simultaneously launched by Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah TVs, as well as local radio stations to mobilise support for a campaign launched to curb the famine in Somalia. The UAE’s solidarity and support to Somalia is commendable. It will go a long way towards ensuring stability and peace in the Horn of Africa.