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Photo: Stuart Price/UN AMISOM troops on Mogadishu's frontline.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has called on its troops and Somali forces to implement quick impact projects for local populations.

Nakibus Lakara, AMISOM deputy force commander in charge of operations and plan said in a statement on Saturday that both the AMISOM and Somalia National Army (SNA) will continue to work jointly to stabilize Somalia and implement quick impact projects in areas liberated from al-Shabab.

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“You must focus on creating harmony with the local population and observe International Humanitarian Law and respect human rights if you are to win the hearts and minds of the people,” Lakara said according to a statement issued by the AU mission.

According to Lakara, some of the projects include rehabilitation of roads and schools, construction of boreholes and safe water points, provision of medical supplies and sports facilities.

Through the implementation of these projects, he said, the allied forces are able to address some of the immediate needs of the population and in the process build public trust and confidence.

Lakara called on the Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) officers, who directly engage with communities, to work closely with the communities in the liberated areas during the training of CIMIC officers of the AMISOM and SNA in Mogadishu.

The joint training was attended by 20 officers from AMISOM, SNA and the Danab Special Forces Unit who were drilled in civil-military coordination and defector rehabilitation awareness.

During the same event, 38 AMISOM police and military officers also completed a one-day training in project planning and stakeholder management.

Lakara told the officers that they had acquired lifelong skills which they could apply even after retiring from military service.

The participants said the training had enhanced understanding of their roles as CIMIC officers, the handling of defectors as well as engaging with communities to identify needs. Enditem

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