1 The UK Government has strengthened its support to the Somali Security Forces (SSF) by making an additional £2.3 million contribution to the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) Trust Fund. The new funding was announced during a meeting between the newly re-elected Defense Minister, HE Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur, and the UK Ambassador to Somalia, Kate Foster.
2 The new contribution to the UNSOS Trust Fund will enable the provision of critical, non-lethal logistics support, including food, medical evacuation and other supplies.
3 British Ambassador to Somalia Kate Foster said: “The UK’s £2.3m contribution to the UNSOS Trust Fund will be crucial in maintaining SSF capabilities for more than 10,000 Somali soldiers in the fight against Al -Shabaab”.
4 The new funding builds on the UK’s longstanding support to the Somali Security Forces and the UNSOS Trust Fund. In 2021/2022, the UK provided £4.9m of funding to the UNSOS Trust Fund, which provided Somali soldiers and police with one year of support.
6 Since 2016, the UK has trained over 2,000 SNA soldiers.
7 The training focuses on a variety of areas, including defensive operations, basic command and control and the law of armed conflict, leadership, live shooter, combat first aid, human rights, and gender training to help enhance your efforts in combat.
8 fight against Al-Shabaab.