Joint statement on behalf of Hormuud Telecom, Amtel and Somtel
We are deeply saddened to hear of the January 21, 2020 attacks on telecommunications infrastructure in the district of Afmadow in Lower-Juba Region of Jubaland State of Somalia, where vital telecom masts were destroyed.
The masts, operated by Hormuud, Somtel and Amtel, supply over 100,000 civilians in the region and are an essential lifeline for families and small business owners. We are liaising with Somtel and Amtel, and are working hard to ensure that access is restored as quickly as possible.
The targeting and destruction of telecoms infrastructure brings violence and insecurity into communities, and as such has the potential to destabilise the wider region. Hormuud CEO Ahmed Yuusuf comments: “We condemn violence in all its forms. It is not a phenomenon that is unique to Somalia, but one that the world has become witness to. We believe that all nations must stand together in unity to fight this common enemy.”