SOMALIA FLAG 60TH ANNIVERSARY



STORY: SOMALIA FLAG 60TH ANNIVERSARY
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI / NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: OCTOBER 12, 2014 / MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

INTRO: On October 12, 1954, the Somali flag was hoisted for the very first time, marking the end of colonisation and the reunification of regions that were separately being ruled by Italy and Britain. In a bid to foster national unity and pride, the Somali government held elaborate celebrations in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday (October 12) to mark the 60th anniversary of their flag’s creation.

SHOTLIST
1. Medium shot, Somali National Forces (SNA) soldiers marching
2. Wide shot, SNA soldiers marching
3. Wide shot, women waving the Somali flag
4. Wide shot, traditional dancers and military band
5. Medium shot, traditional dancers holding spears/military band playing

6. (SOUNDBITE) (Somali) SHAMSO ALI MOALIM, MUSICIAN:
“This is the day the Somali flag was created, this flag that has a white star with five-points against a sky blue background. This is the day Somalia won its dignity.”

7. Wide shot, crowd of people
8. Wide shot, women cultural troupe singing and displaying traditional cooking utensils
9. Close-up, woman watching the troupe
10. Wide shot, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arriving at the celebrations
11. Wide shot, President Mohamud greeting government ministers
12. Wide shot, children singing and waving flags
13. Close-up, girl singing
14. Wide shot, spectators clapping/waving Somali flags
15. Medium shot, President Mohamud seated with officials

16. (SOUNDBITE) (Somali) MOHAMMED OSMAN JAWARI, PARLIAMENT SPEAKER:
“Some people think that the government owns the flag, but that’s not true, this flag belongs to every single Somali citizen.”

17. Close-up, woman with Somali flag painted on her cheek
Medium shot, women dancing and waving flags

18. (SOUNDBITE) (Somali) HASSAN SHEIKH MAHAMUD, SOMALIA PRESIDENT
“I want the Somali people to help and support each other when and where they can, after that we can ask for international help.”

19. Medium shot, Somali flag being hoisted
20. Medium shot, President Mohamud and Chief of Defence Forces Major-General Dahir Elmi standing at attention as the flag is hoisted
21. Wide shot, President Mohamud waving

SCRIPT
On October 12, 1954, the Somali flag was hoisted for the very first time, marking the end of colonisation and the reunification of regions that were separately being ruled by Italy and Britain.

In a bid to foster national unity and pride, the Somali government held elaborate celebrations in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday (October 12) to mark the 60th anniversary of their flag’s creation.

“This is the day the Somali flag was created, this flag that has a white star with five-points against a sky blue background. It’s the color and is the day Somalis won its dignity,” said Shamso Ali Maolim, a musician who took part in the festivities.

The five points on the ‘Star of Unity’, the flag’s main feature, represent the five Somali ethnic groups found in Djibouti, the Ogaden region in Ethiopia, the North Eastern Province in Kenya, and the former British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland territories in present-day Somalia.”

President Hassan Sheikh Mahamud and several of his ministers joined about 2000 people to enjoy traditional songs, dancing and the various other cultural exhibitions that were on display.

The government has called on its people to freely celebrate their rich heritage and express their national pride, now that the Somalia National Army (SNA) – backed by Africa Union peacekeepers has driven extremist group Al-Shabaab out of most urban centres.

“Some people think that the government owns the flag, but that’s not true, this flag belongs to every single Somali citizen,” said Mohammed Osman Jawari, the Speaker of Somalia’s parliament.

“I want the Somali people to help and support each other when and where they can, after that we can ask for international help,” added President Mahamud.

Somalia’s security forces – with support from various partners – continues to improve its ability to protect its people. On Tuesday, October 14, the country’s National Intelligence Security Agency (NISA) arrested 15 members of Al-Shabaab after a tip-off from concerned citizens. The successful covert operation was a swift response to a suicide attack at a coffee shop in Mogadishu on Monday (October 13).

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