KDF Female peacekeepers operating under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Kismayu yesterday gave assorted food and non-food items to the local women of Kismayo town, located in Lower Jubba region of Somalia.
The items included wheat flour, sugar, rice, pasta, cooking oil, beans, fruits, juice, salt, milk, tea leaves, clothes and blankets. A majority of those who were considered were widows and orphans.
The event was graced by the Commanding Officer 2MIB, Lt Col Owuor Godfree and Chief Security Officer Kismayo Airport, Lt Col Mohammed Hayi Ahmed.
The Commanding Officer of the AMISOM Kenyan contingent, said the donations were part of efforts for AMISOM female soldiers to partner and build good relations with women in Kismayo under the theme ‘Empower Women,Empower Society’.
The Chief Security Officer Kismayo Airport, Lt Col Mohammed Hayi Ahmed thanked the AMISOM Kenyan contingent for going beyond their mandate of fighting terrorist groups, to supporting local community by impacting their livelihood.
WOII Josephine Kenduiywa, who led the female soldiers within the AMISOM Kenyan contingent said the care package would offer relief to vulnerable families, especially mothers and women who are widowed.
“At the end of the day, all that a mother needs is to put food on the table for her children. So, the little we were able to get, we were happy to share and have a great day together,” said WOII Kenduiywa.
The increasing role and community engagement by female peace keepers positively impacts the community.