For Immediate Release
Mogadishu: 66 Women and Children Injured by Indiscriminate Shelling
Wounded Admitted to Daynile Hospital, Treated by MSF
NAIROBI/NEW YORK - As fierce fighting once again grips Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has admitted 89 people suffering from blast injuries to its hospital in the Daynile area of the city between January 29 and February 2. Of these, 66 were women and children.
"The numbers of injured women and children that we received in just over 72 hours is not ‘collateral damage,' it's a total lack of regard for the safety of civilians," said MSF Head of Mission Axelle de la Motte St. Pierre. "The situation in Mogadishu is incredibly complex, and all parties are to blame for the high numbers of deaths and injuries. But indiscriminate shelling into densely populated areas is totally unacceptable."
In 2009, just under half of the 1,137 people admitted to Daynile Hospital suffering from blast injuries were women and children under the age of 14.
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MSF calls on all belligerents, including the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), the African Union Peacekeeping force (AMISOM), and opposition groups, to take all measures to minimize the risk of civilian casualties through a full implementation of the principles of distinction and proportionality.
MSF is an independent medical organization with projects in eight regions of Somalia. Over 1,500 Somali staff, supported by approximately 90 staff in Nairobi, provide primary health care, malnutrition treatment, surgery, support to displaced people, and water and relief supplies. MSF does not accept any government funding for its projects in Somalia. All funding comes from private donors.
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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. MSF's work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.
MSF operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas.