Kimse yok mu reaffirms commitment to assist Somalia

The Sahara Hospital, built by the Turkish Health Ministry in Somalia’s famine-stricken city of Mogadishu, treated nearly 500 patients on its first day of opening. (Photo: Today's Zaman)
The Sahara Hospital, built by the Turkish Health Ministry in Somalia’s famine-stricken city of Mogadishu, treated nearly 500 patients on its first day of opening. (Photo: Today's Zaman)


Date posted: March 6, 2012

6 March 2012 / ABDULLAH BOZKURT, MOGADISHU

Kimse Yok Mu has organized regular trips for Turkish doctors to provide medical care to the poor and needy in Somalia. A group of 30 Turkish doctors goes to Somalia every 20 days and leaves when a new group of doctors arrives.

Kimse Yok Mu is also renovating Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, the largest in the entire country, after signing a protocol with the Somali government in October. The charity group plans to spend nearly $10 million to repair the hospital, which still bears the signs of a longstanding civil war in every corner of the building. The charity group provided the essential equipment and materials for the hospital. Hospital personnel were sent to Turkey on an internship.

Charity groups, including Kimse Yok Mu, are also involved in building fresh water reservoirs and public wells at two camps in Somalia. They operate three orphanages.

In the London Conference on Somalia, held last month, world leaders pledged to help tackle terrorism and piracy in Somalia but insisted that the East African state must quickly form a stable government and threatened penalties against those who hamper its progress.

Nations including Turkey also pledged new funding, additional training for soldiers and the coast guard, increased cooperation on terrorism and a new drive to root out those who finance and profit from piracy. Somalia has had transitional administrations for the past seven years but has not had a functioning central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew a longtime dictator and turned on each other, plunging the nation into chaos.

Turkey announced that it will host a follow-up summit on Somalia’s future in June to further shore up support for the East African nation.

Source: Today’s Zaman http://www.todayszaman.com/news-273437-turkey-reaffirms-commitment-to-assist-somalia.html. Click this link to read the full article.


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