HARP’s Alpha Team Deploys
HARP’s Alpha team will be headed to Mogadishu to help with search and rescue, recovery and medical. In order for out team to do their jobs effectively and as efficiently as possible we need your immediate help today. Your donations will help fund our field operations so that we may in turn help save as many lives as possible.
On 14 October 2017, a massive blast caused by a truck bombing in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, killed at least 327 people and injured nearly 400. The truck was detonated after it was stopped; the actual target of the attack is believed to have been a secure compound housing international agencies and troops.
While no group has admitted responsibility, officials believe the attack was made by a cell of the group al-Shabaab, following statements made by a key member, a veteran militant who had taken part in previous attacks in Mogadishu, arrested while driving a second explosives-packed vehicle into the city on the day of the explosion. An official said that the man had confessed, and was proud of what he had done, which he said was for jihad.
The attack was the deadliest in Mogadishu‘s history, surpassing the 2011 Mogadishu bombing that killed 100. In response to the bombings, Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of mourning.
Child Mortality and Morbidity.
The last three decades of armed conflicts, lack of functioning government, economic collapse, and disintegration of the health system and other public services – together with recurrent droughts and famines – has turned Somalia into one of the world’s most difficult environments for survival. This is bluntly reflected in the poor child health conditions, as twenty per cent of the children die before they reach the age of five, more than one third are underweight, and almost fifty per cent suffer from stunting.The under-five mortality rate in Somalia is among the highest in the world, while the prevalence of malnutrition has remained at record high levels for decades. It is therefore likely that malnutrition contributes to more than half of the under-five deaths in Somalia. Pneumonia, diarrhea and neonatal causes account for a large proportion of childhood deaths.