- Despite the sacrifices they make, the compensation from the government and the AU Mission in Somalia (Amisom) is quite modest.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to the Kenya Defence Forces troops in Somalia at the weekend has rekindled debate about their continued stay in the war-ravaged country, especially in the wake of the major casualties suffered at the hands of Al-Shabaab militants.
The worst attack was at El Adde camp, where tens of soldiers were killed last year. The latest was in January at Kulbiyow.
But the principle, as amplified by the President, is that our soldiers continue to serve under the African Union mission because of the desire to exterminate the terrorists right inside and not outside their backyard to guarantee peace and security within our borders.
However, there is a question that has come up forcefully, namely, the plight of the families of the soldiers killed in the Somalia operation.
Heart-rending stories emerged at the weekend, detailing the agony and misery of the families of the departed soldiers.
Despite the sacrifices they make, the compensation from the government and the AU Mission in Somalia (Amisom) is quite modest.