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Joint statement on behalf of Hormuud Telecom, Amtel and Somtel

January 28, 2020

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.

In light of this tragic development, we, together with Somtel and Amtel, have written to the Government of Somalia, including the President’s office, and appealed to the Government to take action. 
This is not the first incident of its kind. All three companies have been affected by a violent attack which took place on March 27, 2019.  Past assaults on Hormuud infrastructure resulted in the tragic loss of life of innocent civilians. 

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.”