Part of the Ugandan contingent to African Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM) at its final briefing before setting off this evening (5th Sept 2012). The AMISOM Military Component is the biggest of the three components of the AMISOM Mission (the others being Police and Civilian components). Roughly 6,000 peacekeepers are currently deployed with AMISOM out of a total authorized strength of 8,000.The biggest percentage of the troops is from Uganda and Burundi with Kenya coming on-board recently.
The first batch of peacekeepers deployed in Mogadishu on 6 March 2007.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is an active, regional peacekeeping mission set up by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, with the full support of the United Nations. AMISOM replaced and subsumed the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace Support Mission in Somalia or IGASOM, a proposed protection and training mission.
AMISOM is mandated to conduct Peace Support Operations in Somalia to stabilize the situation in the country in order to create conditions for the conduct of Humanitarian activities and an immediate take over by the United Nations (UN).
- Support dialogue & reconciliation in Somalia, working with all stakeholders.
- Provide protection to Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) & key infrastructure to enable them carry out their functions.
- Assist in the implementation of the National Security Stabilization Programme (NSSP).
- Provide technical assistance & other support to the disarmament and stabilization efforts.
- Monitor the security situation in areas of operation.
- Facilitate humanitarian operations including repatriation of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
- Protect AMISOM personnel, installations and equipment, including self defence