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Chinese Premier Li Visits Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
By Transterra Editor
05 May 2014

Chinese PM at African Union

Prime Minister Li Keqiang of the People’s Republic of China, started his Africa tour in Ethiopia on Sunday and is visiting the African Union Headquarters, based in Addis Ababa (a gift by the Chinese in 2011/2012). His delegation signed three agreements, including a loan agreement but amount was not disclosed, and a memorandum of understanding. He also held a policy speech outlining China-Africa relations. He focused on more investments and trade and the following six pi8llars: industrial cooperation, financial cooperation, poverty reduction, environmental protection, cooperation on cultural exchanges and supporting peace and stability on the African continent.
His Africa tour will be followed by opening the Adama express way just outside of Addis Ababa on Monday afternoon (financed by the Chinese). On Tuesday he will meet Ethiopia’s president Mulatu Teshome. After Ethiopia, the Chinese PM will visit Kenya, Angola and Nigeria. Prime Minister Li assumed office last year and this is his first official visit to the African continent.

00:00 Chinese PM walking around AU headquarters and looking at photos of former African heads of state
00:07 Chinese PM walking around AU headquarters, talking and waving
00:13 Chinese PM signing guestbook of AU, AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma standing next to him
00:16 Chinese PM signing guestbook of AU, AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma standing next to him
00:21 Chinese PM walking to meeting room next to AU Chairperson
00:27 Chinese official and AU Deputy Chairperson Mwencha signing 3 agreement and MoU
00:37 Chinese PM, AU Chairperson posing for cameras – other high officials such as Chinese Foreign Minister next to Chinese PM, AU deputy Chairperson next to Zuma, next to deputy more AU Commissioners
00:44 Chinese PM policy speech at AU. (Translation: Last year, our two way trade reached 210.2 billion USD. Over 2000 times the figure of 1960. For five years in a row, China has been Africa’s biggest trading partner.)
01:03 Chinese PM policy speech at AU. (Translation: 024 and Chinese fdi in Africa started from zero to exceed 25billion usd in stock. This has brought tangible benefits to the people on both sides. )
01:21 Chinese PM policy speech at AU. (Translation: China will take an active part in industrialization in Africa, and through our stronger industrial cooperation, we will promote the development of labor intensive industries such as textile, garment, light industries and household appliances and manufacturing.)
01:40 Outside shot of African Union building
01:45 Delegations inside African Union main hall
01:50 Delegations inside African Union main hall
01:55 Delegations inside African Union main hall

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African Union Forces in Somalia
Mogadishu
By Takeshi KUNO
14 Apr 2013

African Union forces continue to fight Al Shabab in Mogadishu and other parts of central Somalia. Security is a major problem for internally displaced persons, who often abandon their camps to find safer places to live. Formerly popular places such as Bakara market are now empty, except for fighting between African Union forces and Al Shabab.

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High Level AU Meeting in Cairo Urges ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
05 Nov 2012

The African Union 2012 High Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators was held on Monday, November 5, in Cairo, shedding light on the challenges facing Africa and urging peace and security on the continent.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first female AU Chief, said that the two-day conference would help find ways to achieve the purposes of a peaceful and conflict-free Africa.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – AU Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma:
“As we also prepare for the golden jubilee of the OAU next year, the retreat must help us to find ways to move more speedily towards the objectives of a prosperous, peaceful, democratic and conflict-free Africa.”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said that Egypt supported the AU in activating all its peacemaking efforts on the continent.

For his part, Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby said the high level meeting was a real chance for exchanging views and visions regarding the challenges facing Africa and the solutions for the ongoing crises.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“This meeting has really become a gathering for exchanging views, visions and experiences on the best ways of putting an end to different crises, preventing their renewal and spreading peace, security and stability in our African continent.”

The theme of the conference is “Transforming the African peace and security context in the next decade: appraisal and opportunity.”

The conference included dignitaries and diplomats from different African states.

It is the third consecutive annual African Union retreat of this kind to take place in Egypt.

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi also invited a number of participants from the retreat to meet him at the presidential palace.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 5, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 5, 2012
Language: English and Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Long shot, the banner of the conference reading “African Union 2012 High Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators”
  2. Close shot, a banner with the AU logo reading “Make Peace Happen”
  3. Wide shot, the conference hall, speakers and attendees
  4. Medium shot, AU Chief Dlamini-Zuma, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr sitting as keynote speakers during the conference
  5. Various shots of the attendees
  6. Various shots of Zuma speaking during the conference
  7. Wide shot, the attendees applauding
  8. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – AU Chief Dlamini-Zuma:
    “As we also prepare for the golden jubilee of the OAU next year, the retreat must help us to find ways to move more speedily towards the objectives of a prosperous, peaceful, democratic and conflict-free Africa.”
  9. Various shots of the attendees
  10. Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr speaking during the conference
  11. Wide shot of the conference
  12. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
    “This meeting has really become a gathering for exchanging views, visions and experiences on the best ways of putting an end to different crises, preventing their renewal and spreading peace, security and stability in our African continent.”
  13. Various shots of the attendees
  14. Various shots of Zuma speaking during the conference
  15. Various shots of Al-Araby speaking during the conference
  16. Various shots of Amr speaking during the conference
  17. Wide shot of the conference
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Arab League Chief: International Effo...
Cairo, Egypt
By New User Account
18 Sep 2012

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby held a press conference on Wednesday, September 19, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, where he addressed various issues including the ongoing UN General Assembly meetings, the Syrian crisis and the recent anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

Al-Araby told reporters that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League, the African Union and the European Union are working on reaching an agreement against religious defamation.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“We’re working on it. Thank God, it’s not only the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League but also the European Union and the African Union showing interest in this issue to put together the measures to start preparing an international convention prohibiting defaming or insulting religions.”

As for the Syrian issue, Al-Araby detailed the mission of the new UN-AL envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and his recent visit to Damascus where he met with President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian officials, opposition members, Syrian Free Army members and representatives of civil society organizations.

He added that the Egyptian and the Arab League positions are clear on the issue, demanding Al-Assad to step down.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“I stick to what the resolution of the Arab League pronounced, that what is needed is the beginning of a transitional period which will entail of course a new government – a coalition government or whatever it is. And also the Arab resolution said or issued an appeal to President Assad to step down.”

Al-Araby stressed in the press conference he held before heading to New York to take part in the UN General Assembly meetings, that the reason for the failure in dealing with the Syrian crisis is the international system established since 1945 and the veto used by China and Russia.

He clarified that the Arab League and the United Nations were unable to resolve the Syrian crisis due to the non-cooperation of Al-Assad and his regime and their rejection of all previous initiatives over the past few months.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 19, 2012
Length: 0:01:59
Video Size: 97.7 MB
Language: Arabic and English
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left shot, the entrance of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby entering the press conference
3. Various shots of Al-Araby speaking during the press conference
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
5. “We’re working on it. Thank God, it’s not only the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League but also the European Union and the African Union showing interest in this issue to put together the measures to start preparing an international convention prohibiting defaming or insulting religions.”
6. Various shots of the press conference
7. Medium shot, a cameraman shooting
8. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“I stick to what the resolution of the Arab League pronounced, that what is needed is the beginning of a transitional period which will entail of course a new government – a coalition government or whatever it is. And also the Arab resolution said or issued an appeal to President Assad to step down.” 9. Wide shot, of Al-Araby speaking during the press conference
10. Wide shot/low angle, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

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Life in Mogadishu 17
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 May 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a Somali fisherman carrying a large tuna to the fish market in Mogadishu on 11 May 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 18
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 May 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a shark lies on a street in Mogadishu, dropped by a fisherman on his way with the catch of the day to the fishmarket on 11 May 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 19
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 May 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a Somali fisherman carrying a large tuna to the fish market in Mogadishu on 11 May 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 12
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Apr 2012

Access to medical care was increasingly scarce in the war torn Somali capital and costly, if not provided from the few international organisations that worked in Somalia. Here a pharmacy and the pharmasists at Martini hospital in Mogadishu on 17 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 13
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Apr 2012

Access to medical care was increasingly scarce in the war torn Somali capital and costly, if not provided from the few international organisations that worked in Somalia. Medical orderly showing his storage room at Martini hospital in Mogadishu on 17 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 10
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 Apr 2012

The fierce fighting the crowded areas of Mogadishu resulted in thousands of collateral victims. Here a young Somali boy being diagnosed with a destroyed eye due to a grenade fragment at a mobile clinic in Mogadishu on 4 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 11
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 Apr 2012

Access to medical care was increasingly scarce in the war torn Somali capital and when free health care was offered people were keen to take advantage. Here a young girl and her mother await access a mobile clinic in Mogadishu 4 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 16
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
21 Feb 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a Somali fisherman carrying a hammerhead shark to the fish market in Mogadishu on 21 February 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 20
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
16 Feb 2012

As Al Shabaab was slowly being pushed out of the city, the Somalis commenced the reconstruction of their battered capital. Here local Somalis are working to rebuild parts of the old harbour in Mogadishu on 16 February 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 21
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
16 Feb 2012

As Al Shabaab was slowly being pushed out of the city, the Somalis commenced the reconstruction of their battered capital. Here local Somalis are working to rebuild parts of the old harbour in Mogadishu on 16 February 2012.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 Jan 2012

The Somali National Army - A far cry from the Somali Army of the Cold War often referred to as the Lion of Africa - has slowly emerged from the civil war as a somewhat coherent fighting force in the past few years capable of supporting and participating in various AMISOM offensives. When AMISOM deployed in Somalia in the spring of 2007 the Somali National Army was little more than clan militias loosely bound together with the aim of countering the threat of Al Shabaab and protect and preserve the Transitional Federal Government and its institutions. Since Al Shabaab in the autumn of 2010 tried and failed in the attempt to push the Transitional Federal Government and AMISOM into the sea, the Somali National Army has slowly evolved into the present fighting force capable of fighting Al Shabaab on their own terms. The development has been hampered by clan interests, lack of weaponry and training, but international efforts and an acceptance of common goals among the contributing clans have by now established it as a major actor in the rebuilding of the Somali State, but the road has been long and ardous.

The present compilation of pictures depicts the Somali National Army from training via deployment in the capital to actual participating in combat and the possible outcome.  

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Life in Mogadishu 06
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
20 Dec 2011

Life in the middle of a civil war caused constant suffering for the civilians. Here an injured Somali child receiving treatment at the Medina Hospital in the western part of Mogadishu on 20 December 2011.

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Life in Mogadishu 07
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
20 Dec 2011

Life in the middle of a civil war caused constant suffering for the civilians. Here an injured Somali man and his family receiving treatment at the Medina Hospital in the western part of Mogadishu on 20 December 2011.

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Life in Mogadishu 15
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 Nov 2011

Despite the decade of war and strife life went in Mogadishu on as best it could. Here a Somali truck leaving Mogadishu filled to the brim on 4 November 2011.

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Life in Mogadishu 09
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
27 Oct 2011

The war was ever present in the Somali capital in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Here a Ugandan T55 tank destroyed by the Al Shabaab during the summer of 2011.

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Life in Mogadishu 05
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 Oct 2011

As Al Shabaab controlled most of the surrounding areas there were only two accespoints to Mogadishu, the airport and the port. During the famine in the second half of 2011 most of the food arrived on ships through the port with a lesser portion coming in on planes. Here an Ilyushin Cargo Plane takes off from Mogadishu airport after having delivered food aid for the people affected by the famine.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Oct 2011

Somali National Army pick up truck with a 12.7mm Duskha heavy machine gun mounted on the back.