Mogadishu Immigration officials ban wounded journalist's medical travel

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Sunday August 04, 2013 - 15:58:00 in English News
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    Mogadishu Immigration officials ban wounded journalist's medical travel

    Somali immigration officials at Mogadishu airport have banned a medical travel by the journalist Mascud Abdulahi Adam who was shot and wounded in Kismayo mid last month.

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Somali immigration officials at Mogadishu airport have banned a medical travel by the journalist Mascud Abdulahi Adam who was shot and wounded in Kismayo mid last month.


The journalist who had severe bullet injuries was transferred from Kismayo late last month after doctors in Kismayo hospital confirmed that they could not assist his wounds and the journalist was admitted at Mogadishu's Medina hospital where he has been for more than three weeks.

The doctors at Medina hospital also advised the journalist to be flown to Nairobi for urgent surgery while they said the hospital could not execute such surgeries in the country and for that reason Dalsan radio management planed to take the journalist to Nairobi but unfortunately the immigration officials at Mogadishu restricted the journalist's travel.

The immigration officials argued that the journalist had not a letter from the ministry of information of the federal government of Somalia while he does not work for the state media.

Dalsan radio director, Hassan Ali Gesey said it was surprising that the immigration officials preferred the wounded journalist to hold a ministry of information document while he had all the necessary documents including the passport, health visa and accreditation letters from the hospital.

Mr Gesey condemned the act and called for immediate access for the wounded journalist.

"Every citizen should have the right for health service and the journalist is not excluded those rights." Gesey added.

He said the journalist has the identification cards and letters from the Medina hospital where he was admitted for past three weeks

The journalist Macud Abdullahi Adam was working with radio Dalsan since early this year as he was the correspondent of Lower Jubba region,. He was shot and wounded by Raskambponi militias in Kismayo on 17th July after he and two other journalists were attempting to cover a bomb explosion in Kismayo.


[Dalsan Radio]

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