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Reference : V-F-CR-F-03564-N
Date : 28/11/2022
Country/Region : SOMALIA
Title : Somalia : conflict intensifies amid unrelenting drought
Duration : 00:06:07
Cameraman : KHALAF, Mike Mustafa
Editor : unknown
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
KHALAF, Mike Mustafa; ABDEL BAKY, Safaa; ALZAWQARI, Sarah
Description : Violence has flared up in Somalia while the country is deep in the throes of a punishing drought.

The number of mass casualty incidents related to the armed conflict have increased by 30 % as recorded by four major hospitals supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 57 conflict-related mass casualty incidents have been registered between January and October this year compared to 43 during the same period in 2021.

Dr. Abdikadir Haji Maalim, a surgeon at Madina hospital is having to continue life-saving surgery despite the dangers. “We were finishing a surgery when we heard a huge explosion, Maalim states. “The entire operating room shook. We knew we would receive a high number of casualties.” This happened just days after twin bombings went off at a busy junction in Mogadishu, killing 121 people one month ago.

“We received so many wounded from the explosion in Zobe [the junction]. Most of them had severe injuries. Some with multiple injuries. But we did our best to try and manage them.”

Madina hospital, located in the heart of Somalia’s capital, handles a considerable share of the reported emergencies. The facility is also a referral centre and the country’s de facto war hospital.

So far this year the four hospitals, Madina and Keysaney in Mogadishu, Bay Regional Hospital in Baidoa, and Kismayo General Hospital, have treated 2,113 patients with conflict-related injuries between January and October this year, 197 more than during the same months last year.

At the same time, the harsh weather conditions have left many children malnourished. Bay Regional Hospital, which runs a stabilization centre that treats critical cases of malnutrition, has seen an almost three-fold increase in the number of children admitted between January and October this year compared to the same period in 2021.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides medicine, salaries to staff, and surgical training to all four hospitals and during emergencies, provides weapon-wounded kits with dressing kits, medicine, surgical tools, gloves, disinfectants, and anesthesia.

Twelve other hospitals in Somalia also receive surgical materials to help them manage mass casualty incidents. ICRC also supports a stabilization centre in Kismayo General Hospital, offering specialized treatment for severely malnourished children under five.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Somalia : conflict intensifies amid unrelenting drought
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