Somalia: Some of the Somali Journalists Wounded At the National Theatre's Suicide Blast Receive Medical Assistance

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Wednesday April 25, 2012 - 10:18:08 in News In English by Xarunta Dhexe
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    Somalia: Some of the Somali Journalists Wounded At the National Theatre's Suicide Blast Receive Medical Assistance

    Mogadishu – The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) delivered medical assistance to some of the journalists who were wounded at the Mogadishu's National Theatre suicide bombing on Friday 20 April, 2012, donated by the Qatar based

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Mogadishu – The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) delivered medical assistance to some of the journalists who were wounded at the Mogadishu's National Theatre suicide bombing on Friday 20 April, 2012, donated by the Qatar based Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF).

The Union's Secretary General, Mohamed Ibrahim accompanied some union executives, media bosses and journalists handed over Said Warsame (Shuuriyaako) to $2000 on behalf of Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF) among others.

"It is a honour for NUSOJ to hand over $2000 to our colleague Said Warsame (Shuuriyako on behalf of Doha Center for Media Freedom." Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, "This medical assistance was given to 6 (six) wounded journalists among others, though Said Warsame's condition is very critical and needs outside medical assistance, since doctors declared that he can not be treated in Somalia"

"The assistance money was timely and efficient and We are grateful for DCMF in accepting our request for assistance to wounded colleagues." Mr. Ibrahim added.

The NUSOJ Secretary General, Mohamed Ibrahim noted NUSOJ is dedicated in assisting its member and non member journalists among other duties it is currently undertaking.

Mr. Ibrahim handed over the assistance money to Abdulkadir Dulyar, the Director of Royal International Television who counted then handed over to Mr. Mohamed Warsame, an elder brother of Said Warsame in Madina Hospital, where he is currently hospitalized.

"As you see, Dr. Mohamed Yusuf declared that our colleagues can not be treated in Somalia and on behalf of Somali media, I urge all concerned organizations and government institutions to help the wounded Somali journalists." Abdulkadir Dulyar, Director of Royal International's Mogadishu office said.

Mohamed Shire Warsame who received the assistance money on behalf of Said Warsame thanked NUSOJ, DCMF and the entire Somali Journalists for their efforts in helping them, noting that it was his first time to see journalists helping journalists.

Sleeping on the hospital bed with the burns visible on his body, Said Warsame thanked NUSOJ and the Somali Journalists for how they stood in helping him and appealed to seek urgent medical assistance. He seemed demoralized that he could recover the wounds and the burns he suffered. When asked if he had received other assistance from other organization, Mr. Warsame underlined that it was the first kind of assistance he had received starting the day he was wounded.

Prof. Mohamed Yusuf Hassan, the Director of Madina Hospital recommended a further especial treatment. "The extensive burns have been treated, but the patient needs an urgent consultation with Orphaedic surgeon not available in Mogadishu at this time." The Prof.

Hassan said in the patient's medical report.

Finally, the National Union of Somali Journalists appealed, the Somali media fraternity, the concerned press freedom organizations and other government entities to urgently help Said Warsame and other journalists urgently need further medical assistance outside Somalia, to assist for the treatment they need.

The $9000 assistance money were distributed to six journalists as follows; Sa'id Warsame Shuuriyaako - Shabelle Radio - US $2000 (QR 7,300), Deeqo Mohamed Ahmed - SNTV-US $2000 (QR 7,300); Ahmed Ali Kahiye - Kulmiyw Radio- US $2000 (QR 7,300); Hamdi Muhumad Hassan - Somali Chanel TV - US $1000 (QR 3,650); Ayaan Abdulle Guure - S24 Television - US $1000 (QR 3,650); Saleiban Sheik Ismail -NUSOJ Vice president- US $1000 (QR 3,650)

DCMF has sent an amount of $9000 for six wounded journalists as medical assistance and the assistance money was given to the journalists in a transparent manner.

Akhrise hoos kadhiibo fikirkaaga


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