The Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Ambassador Francisco Madeira, today joined the government and the people of the Republic of Burundi as they celebrate their country’s 59th independence anniversary.
Ambassador Madeira particularly saluted the Burundi National Defence Forces (BNDF) for the selfless sacrifice for the advancement of African Union-led efforts for peace and security in Somalia.
“Burundi’s role in providing African solutions to the problems that Africa faces is well documented and celebrated. Today, at AMISOM, we join Burundi in celebrating its Independence Day, with special homage to the brave men and women of the Burundi National Defence Forces for their selfless sacrifice over the years towards the attainment of a peaceful and stable Somalia,” Ambassador Madeira said.
Burundi, which attained independence from Belgium on 1 July 1962, was the second country to deploy its troops to Somalia in December 2007 under the African Union’s peace support operation. Burundi remains a key AMISOM troop-contributing country alongside Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.