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STORY:SOMALIAFLAG60THANNIVERSARY

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DATELINE:OCTOBER12,2014/MOGADISHU,
SOMALIA

INTRO:OnOctober12,1954,theSomaliflagwashoistedfortheveryfirsttime,
markingtheendofcolonisationandthereunificationofregionsthatwere
separatelybeingruledbyItalyandBritain.

Inabidtofosternationalunityandpride,theSomaligovernmentheldelaborate
celebrationsinthecapitalMogadishuonSunday(October12)tomarkthe60th
anniversaryoftheirflagscreation.

SHOTLIST
1.Mediumshot,SomaliNationalForces(SNA)soldiersmarching
2.Wideshot,SNAsoldiersmarching
3.Wideshot,womenwavingtheSomaliflag
4.Wideshot,traditionaldancersandmilitaryband
5.Mediumshot,traditionaldancersholdingspears/militarybandplaying

6.(SOUNDBITE)(Somali)SHAMSOALIMOALIM,MUSICIAN:
ThisisthedaytheSomaliflagwascreated,thisflagthathasawhitestarwith
fivepointsagainstaskybluebackground.ThisisthedaySomaliawonits
dignity.

7.Wideshot,crowdofpeople
8.Wideshot,womenculturaltroupesinginganddisplayingtraditionalcooking
utensils
9.Closeup,womanwatchingthetroupe
10.Wideshot,SomaliPresidentHassanSheikhMohamudarrivingatthe
celebrations
11.Wideshot,PresidentMohamudgreetinggovernmentministers
12.Wideshot,childrensingingandwavingflags
13.Closeup,girlsinging
14.Wideshot,spectatorsclapping/wavingSomaliflags
15.Mediumshot,PresidentMohamudseatedwithofficials

16.(SOUNDBITE)(Somali)MOHAMMEDOSMANJAWARI,PARLIAMENT
SPEAKER:
Somepeoplethinkthatthegovernmentownstheflag,butthatsnottrue,thisflag
belongstoeverysingleSomalicitizen.

17.Closeup,womanwithSomaliflagpaintedonhercheek
Mediumshot,womendancingandwavingflags

18.(SOUNDBITE)(Somali)HASSANSHEIKHMAHAMUD,SOMALIA
PRESIDENT
IwanttheSomalipeopletohelpandsupporteachotherwhenandwherethey
can,afterthatwecanaskforinternationalhelp.

19.Mediumshot,Somaliflagbeinghoisted
20.Mediumshot,PresidentMohamudandChiefofDefenceForces
MajorGeneralDahirElmistandingatattentionastheflagishoisted
21.Wideshot,PresidentMohamudwaving

SCRIPT

OnOctober12,1954,theSomaliflagwashoistedfortheveryfirsttime,marking
theendofcolonisationandthereunificationofregionsthatwereseparately
beingruledbyItalyandBritain.

Inabidtofosternationalunityandpride,theSomaligovernmentheldelaborate
celebrationsinthecapitalMogadishuonSunday(October12)tomarkthe60th
anniversaryoftheirflagscreation.

ThisisthedaytheSomaliflagwascreated,thisflagthathasawhitestarwith
fivepointsagainstaskybluebackground.ItsthecolorandisthedaySomalis
wonitsdignity,saidShamsoAliMaolim,amusicianwhotookpartinthe
festivities.

ThefivepointsontheStarofUnity,theflagsmainfeature,representthefive
SomaliethnicgroupsfoundinDjibouti,theOgadenregioninEthiopia,theNorth
EasternProvinceinKenya,andtheformerBritishSomalilandandItalian
SomalilandterritoriesinpresentdaySomalia.

PresidentHassanSheikhMahamudandseveralofhisministersjoinedabout
2000peopletoenjoytraditionalsongs,dancingandthevariousothercultural
exhibitionsthatwereondisplay.

Thegovernmenthascalledonitspeopletofreelycelebratetheirrichheritage
andexpresstheirnationalpride,nowthattheSomaliaNationalArmy(SNA)
backedbyAfricaUnionpeacekeepershasdrivenextremistgroupAlShabaab
outofmosturbancentres.

Somepeoplethinkthatthegovernmentownstheflag,butthatsnottrue,thisflag
belongstoeverysingleSomalicitizen,saidMohammedOsmanJawari,the
SpeakerofSomaliasparliament.

IwanttheSomalipeopletohelpandsupporteachotherwhenandwherethey
can,afterthatwecanaskforinternationalhelp,addedPresidentMahamud.

Somaliassecurityforceswithsupportfromvariouspartnerscontinuesto
improveitsabilitytoprotectitspeople.OnTuesday,October14,thecountrys
NationalIntelligenceSecurityAgency(NISA)arrested15membersof
AlShabaabafteratipofffromconcernedcitizens.Thesuccessfulcovert
operationwasaswiftresponsetoasuicideattackatacoffeeshopin
MogadishuonMonday(October13).