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Burundi sends over 1,800 soldiers to Somalia’s peacekeeping mission

BUJUMBURA – A total of 1,819 Burundian troops of the 44th and 45th battalions have started to replace the 38th and 39th battalions serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Burundian army spokesman said Tuesday.

“Some troops have already departed to Somalia, but a big number of them flew today morning to Somalia,” said Burundian Army Spokesman Colonel Gaspard Baratuza.

Baratuza said the work of Burundian troops serving in the AMISOM is “commendable,” while their “successful” mission faces several challenges.

Burundi is a main contributor of troops in the AMISOM.

The failure to pay Burundian peacekeepers’ salaries for 12 months had previously forced the Burundian government to threaten to withdraw its troops from Somalia.

The salary arrears issue was only solved following the visit, earlier this year, of Commissioner for Peace and Security for the African Union (AU) Smail Chergui.

Since December 2007, the east African nation has deployed six rotating battalions comprising about 5,500 troops in Somalia.

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1 comment

rezen Aug 24, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Subject: Burundi sends over 1,800 soldiers to Somalia’s peacekeeping mission, by XINHUA
Aug 23, 2017

Commentary, 24 Aug 2017
REALLY?!?! This must be a joke. Since when “peace keeping missions” to Africa ever accomplished their written tasks. The Burundi soldiers will complete their stay in Burundi, perhaps getting 15% of their entitlement and other illicit enjoyments wink! wink! wink…. The rest ? We know where its ends into. Don’t we? wink, wink, wink…….. After all, we are talking about our DEAR AFRICA, determined to have its own civilization and norm of Life.

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