Djibouti forces serving under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) on Monday marked their country’s 45th Independence anniversary at the contingent headquarters in Beletweyne, Hirshabelle State.
Djibouti gained independence from France on 27 June 1977.
The ceremony presided over by the Djibouti ATMIS contingent commander, Colonel Hassan Jama Farah was attended by the ATMIS Sector Four commander, Colonel Humad Ahmed Mohamed, local leaders, and representatives from the civil society.
In his speech, the contingent commander paid tribute to the fallen heroes of the struggle for independence.
“Today we reflect on their sacrifices; many died, property was lost and others were expelled from their homes. Their struggle led to our freedom,” said Col Hassan.
The deputy chairperson of finance and politics in the Hiiraan region, Abukar Abdullahi Maadey, hailed the support by ATMIS Djibouti troops to the community to degrade Al-Shabaab.
“The Djiboutian troops have a special place in our hearts. We have an excellent relationship, they provide security and humanitarian aid in times of need,” said the deputy chairperson.
In ATMIS, Djibouti Armed Forces serve alongside other troop-contributing countries, including Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, and Ethiopia.