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Shirdon Urges Al-Shabaab to Renounce Violence During Ramadan

Friday, July 12, 2013

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Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon called on al-Shabaab members to renounce violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Somalia's Jowhar reported Wednesday (July 10th).

Returning to Mogadishu from a two-day visit to assess security in Baidoa, Shirdon reiterated the federal government's policy of amnesty for youth who give up terrorist activities and surrender to the security forces.

"Today more than ever, Ramadan brings us together as one country, united with our brothers and sisters across the Muslim world," he said in a statement released by his office. "We should use this time to consider how much stronger we are together, how unity is always more powerful than division, how together we can build a secure and successful Somalia from the ashes of war."

African Union Special Representative to Somalia Mahamat Saleh Annadif also urged Somalis to be compassionate during the holy month, praising Muslim members of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for their service.

"This holy month symbolises humility, sacrifice and above all, an embodiment of unity among all of us," he said according to press release. "I call upon all of us to make a difference in the lives of those we encounter and to ensure that our sacrifice is not in vain."

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