World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Somalia: UNICEF Urges For Access To Help Wounded

Somalia: UNICEF urges safe access to help wounded children and women

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today urged all sides to the current conflict raging in Somalia's capital Mogadishu to allow safe access for women and children across checkpoints so they can receive life-saving medical care.

"UNICEF is deeply concerned and distressed that checkpoints and roadblocks are posing an additional challenge to wounded or sick children and women as they try to get medical assistance," said the agency's Representative to Somalia, Christian Balslev-Olesen.

In a press release, UNICEF said that it has heard reliable reports that children, adolescents, pregnant women and mothers - some of whom have sustained injuries by shells and stray bullets - are being turned back at checkpoints while trying to reach health posts.

Those who have not been allowed to cross the checkpoints include women requiring antenatal and post-natal care and many children urgently needing medical care for conditions such as diarrhoea, the agency reported.

"To be denied access to basic health services in such critical circumstances greatly compounds the distress of the children and women who are amongst those most heavily affected by the current conflict - fighting that has left many children killed, maimed, displaced and orphaned," Mr. Balslev-Olesen noted.

Additionally, doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners are also prevented from reaching their workplaces to help those in need.

These checkpoints also hinder children from attending schools, which could provide shelter and serve as a safe space. Some 80 per cent of all Mogadishu schools have been closed due to the capital's dangerous environment.

Due to the violence, an estimated 600,000 people have fled Mogadishu, Jennifer Pagonis of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said late last month.

The city is also now home to over 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), the agency reported.


More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Swing States: Gordon Campbell On Why The US Needs MMP

After the bizarre events this week in Helsinki, the world will be hoping and praying that the US midterm elections in November can put a restraining brake on the presidency of Donald Trump. This may happen, but there’s a highly undemocratic reason why such hopes may be frustrated. More>>


putin, trump scalpGordon Campbell: On The White House Romance With Russia

Tough on Europe over trade, at the G-7. Tough on Europe over defence, at NATO. And utterly smitten as usual by Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On This Week’s NATO Debacle

For someone routinely cast as a clown presiding over an administration in chaos, Donald Trump has been very consistent about his agenda, and remarkably successful in achieving it, in the short term at least. More>>


NZ Law Society: Rule Of Law Threatened In Nauru

“The recently enacted Administration of Justice Act 2018 is another clear sign of the deterioration of civil rights in Nauru,” the Law Society’s Rule of Law Committee convenor Austin Forbes QC says. More>>


'Fixing' Family Separation: Executive Order Imprisons Families Indefinitely

Amnesty: President Trump signed an executive order today mandating for children to stay with their parents in detention while their asylum claims are processed. More>>