matched, held their placards high and sang songs of solidarity, in hope that their plea will be heard by the international leaders at the London Somali Conference 2012.
The London Somali conference was attended by notable influential world leaders, among them David Cameroon, Hilary Clinton, Ban Ki Moon, Mwai Kibaki and many more who have managed to ignore Somali for so long. The issues tabled included piracy, al-shabaab, political instability and leadership. At the conference, it was clear the internal division faced by Somali people as six presidents, each representing their region, graced the event.
The Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki was clear of the burden the somali refugees have added to the Kenyan economy. He pointed out that refugee camps hold over 630,000 Somalis refugees and towns like Eastleigh, Embakasi, Homabay and Kayole hold another 640,000, not mentioning those who are still illegal or unaccounted for.
The conference today yielded results in that the United Nations Security Council approved the deployment of a further 5,700 African Union troops in Somalia, raising hopes that more territory can be taken from al-Shabab
militants. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, said peace is the priority after more than two decades of war.
The Somalia troubles, which may seem endless to some, have affected, and continueto affect thousands and thousands of people. The conference was successful in that international leaders, African leaders and the UN now have a united front in bringing stability to Somali land.
The attendees of the first ever conference regarding the world most failed state agreed that to achieve the stability hoped for, there will have to be donors pledging more financial assistance to see the transition through.
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