Uganda has three Battle Grounds in Somalia. The first is situated in Afgooye District, 30 kilometres from Mogadishu; the second in Ceelijaale, 125 kilometres from Mogadishu, and the third, in Barawe - south-west of lower Shabelle, 240 kilometres from Mogadishu.
From Ceelijaale, Our reporter observes that the interior of Somalia is poverty stricken. People have no access to basic needs such as health, water, food among others. Malnourished children, depressed and idle men and women living in fear of insecurity are what make living in the interior of Somalia quite depressing.
A glance at a sedentary old woman from a distance presents a striking resemblance of children who may also be indistinguishable from their parents. The people's miseries are compounded by lack government visibility in the areas where they dwell.
In such a situation, UPDF soldiers are largely the source of basic needs for Somalis living in their operation zones. Blanshe Musinguzi was in Somalia has been in Somalia. He now brings you images of the work that has cemented a bond of friendship between Ugandan troops and Somali nationals.