Source: World Health Organization
The October 9-15 report from the World Health Organization on Somalia indicates that statistically women children bear the brunt of weapon-caused injuries in conflict in Mogadishu.
Of particular importance to readers of the War Victims Monitor are the following statistics:
“Between 1 – 8 October, two main hospitals in Mogadishu reported 136 weapon-related casualties including 10% (13) children under 5 years, with two registered death. Since January 2010, 3307 weapon-related casualties, including 20% (649) younger than five years and 99 related deaths including 23% (23) children under 5 years, have been reported from these two hospitals. The deaths on site of injury are still unknown. It remains a challenge to classify victims as combatants or noncombatants.
From week 1-40 (4th January -3rd October), a third hospital in Mogadishu reported 2727 weapon-related injuries (see Graph 4). WHO reiterates concerns that women and children continue to bear a large brunt of injuries in the ongoing conflict in Somalia and calls upon warring factions to implement civilian-injury reduction measures during combat.”