clan war victims moved to Nairobi
WAHOME THUKU (Daily Nation)
victims of last week's Somali clan war were evacuated to
Nairobi yesterday in critical condition.
others are still at Mandera District Hospital with serious
gunshot wounds sustained during the fighting in Bulla Hawa
town of Gedo, near the Kenya-Somalia boarder.
one-year-old child and an elderly man were killed in the
Hassan Mohammed, Mr Hussein Abdullahi, Mr Abdirashid Bargatte
and the child's mother, Ms Magala Hamud, were airlifted
to Nairobi in an Amref Flying Doctor's aircraft and taken
to Kenyatta National Hospital.
Hospital's medical officer of health, Dr Salat Girad, said
the child was strapped on the mother's back when gunmen
mother sustained stomach injuries and a bullet is still
lodged in her chest.
Girad said the hospital had stabilised the condition of
the patients but the four required special treatment. The
five in the hospital have gunshot wounds and bullets lodged
in the stomach.
of those airlifted to Nairobi were hit in the back of their
heads and the bullets exit through the face. One of them
had his right eyeball gouged out.
only survived because the bullets did not get to the brain,"
Dr Girad said.
residents said the fighting was spontaneous and not sparked
by previous animosity.
gunmen arrived in town and begun firing," a witness Mr Ua
Yunis told journalists. Following the fighting, hundreds
of people had fled the Bulla Hawa region and are camping
in Mandera town.
medical director of emergency Dr Bettina Vadera said the
free service had been offered after assessing the condition
of the patients.
should have airlifted them on Monday but the patients had
no immigration papers allowing them to be in the country,"
she told the Nation.