AU Says It Needs Urgent Resources for Its Mission in Somalia  

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) says it needs urgent and reliable funding in order to defeat al-Shabab militants and transfer security responsibilities to the Somali National Army.

AMISOM chief Francisco Madeira issued the appeal while talking to reporters in Nairobi Thursday.

“We need urgent support. Our troops are ready, but they need to be resourced.

This has not been happening to expectations, despite the repeated commitments by partners in different forums,” said Madeira.

Madeira warned that lack of funding could endanger the hard-won gains in the fight against militants over the last decade.