As Somalia continues to face challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, health workers continue to provide the much needed quality health care. They are putting their lives on the line to save others in very difficult circumstances.
Al Shabaab also seems to be reeling from the effects of the pandemic judging by their recent actions. According to local reports, armed men in military uniforms abducted several health workers and a civilian from a middle Shabelle Health Facility during the concluded weekend. According to sources, the health workers were taken from a COVID-19 testing clinic. Their bodies were found later in the week at the side of a road.
“I am shocked by the senseless killings of civilians. Deliberate attacks against health professionals and facilities are a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law and constitute a war crime in non-international armed conflicts,” said the Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira.
This attack was part of several orchestrated by the militant group on health workers over the past few weeks and has them (Health workers) fearing for their lives even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the region.
The African Union Mission in Somalia, presents its sincere condolences to the bereaved families, the people and government of Somalia, for the loss of these dedicated citizens.