African Union (AMISOM) soldiers from Burundi in Mogadishu on July 11, 2017. FILE PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB | AFP
About 1800 Amisom soldiers killed in Shabaab war, new report shows
The overall death toll for the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) is probably in the range of 1,800 troops, says a new report by a US expert on the war against Al-Shabaab.
The findings by scholar Paul Williams are based, he states, on five sources. The most comprehensive data comes from African Union (AU) financial compensation records on sums paid to families who lost loved ones in the years since Amisom’s deployment in 2007.
Prof Williams, author of the 2015 book ‘Fighting for Peace in Somalia,’ also cites a new data set listing attacks on Amisom soldiers and a “Memorial Wall of Our Heroes” erected in the AU headquarters building in Ethiopia.
His estimated Amisom death toll, contained in a report released on Tuesday by the New York-based International Peace Institute, does not include calculations of losses suffered specifically by Kenya or the other countries that contribute troops to Amisom.
“A plausible estimate of Amisom’s fatalities between March 2007 and December 2018 could be between 1,483 and 1,884,” writes Prof Williams, an international affairs scholar at George Washington University. “It is likely that the real number is closer to the higher end of this range than the lower end,” he adds.