27 June 2018

Somalia: Mother Gives Birth On Mogadishu Street After She Was Denied Access to Hospital At a Security Checkpoint

As Somalia nationals were celebrating Independence Day on the 26 an expectant woman was fighting for her life and that of her unborn baby on the streets of Mogadishu when she was denied access through a security checkpoint.

The capital city was on a lockdown on Independence Day ahead of celebrations led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo at the Banaadir Regional Administrations headquarters.

An eyewitness Ahmed Omar told Radio Dalsan that a good samaritan had offered to rush the expectant woman from Dharkenley area to Banaadir Hospital.

"Just when she was about to reach the hospital they were declined access at a security checkpoint. It was less than 200 meters to the hospital. She had to deliver on the street" Omar said in an interview with Radio Dalsan.

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"It was a baby boy. She managed to deliver thanks to a few brave boys and girls who were around to help her" Omar added.

The incident has outraged many Somalis as gauged on social media comments with the security agents criticized for being inhuman.

"Road closure is sometimes reasonable due to security concerns but special cases like women in labor MUST be considered. I'm heartbroken about what happened to this mother who delivered her baby on the pavement last night after being denied access by security forces" Alinor Abdi tweeted.

"It's absolutely inhumane & unacceptable that the security forces denied that mother who was about to deliver her baby to go to hospital because of the road was blocked!! And she gave the baby on the pavement!!!! Every rule on earth has exceptions. What's wrong with the government?? Next time they won't even allow us to burry the deceased!!" Abdi tweeted.

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