With the world’s attention on the uprisings in the Arab world, progress has been made in the fighting against Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabaab movement. The fledging African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) has recently been bolstered by funds from the European Union and additional troops to Mogadishu from Uganda and Burundi, ensuring that the peacekeeping force can continue to operate in the conflict-ridden country.
While the EU has pledged 93 million dollars to support the peacekeepers, Uganda and Burundi announced they are sending 2000 additional troops each to boost AMISOM's forces. With this additional manpower of 4000 people, the total AU peacekeeping contingent stands at 12,000 soldiers, all of which come from Uganda and Burundi as the sole contributing countries.
The African Union peacekeepers have since 2007 been assisting the UN-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed in their fight against the al-Shabaab ...