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Somalis seek support for Mogadishu's free ambulance service after deadly attack

Somalis seek support for Mogadishu's free ambulance service after deadly attack


Somalis are seeking support for the capital’s only free ambulance service, Aamin Ambulance, which has offered first aid to bombing victims for over a decade.

The call started after Saturday’s twin bomb blast which is described as the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation.

The attack in Mogadishu has claimed the lives of over 300 people and hundreds more injured, the director of Aamin Ambulance Abdikadir Abdirahman said on Monday.

The private ambulance service is the first in the capital and always the first at the scene of bomb blasts which are frequent in the country.

The director of AaminAmbulance services said they had carried an unknown number of dead and injured. #Somalia pic.twitter.com/1UM9bKvu0p

— Somalia Live Update (HassanIstiila) October 14, 2017

They own a fleet of 10 ambulances which is the largest in the country and they have a team of volunteers who respond quickly to emergencies.

Since the attack on Saturday, their ambulances have been carrying the dead and injured to hospitals and the airport, where a Turkish military plane is airlifting severely wounded victims for treatment.

We offered 4 ambulance vehicles to transport most heavily wounded people to the Airport, whereby the Turkish Military Plane will take them. pic.twitter.com/9VDKs4JcAq

— Aamin Ambulance (@AaminAmbulance) October 16, 2017

#UPDATE Turkish military air ambulance lands in Mogadishu airport as to airlift the injured in Saturday’s bombing in Mogadishu for treatment pic.twitter.com/gUXDAee769

— Somalia Live Update (@HassanIstiila) October 15, 2017

As Mogadishu residents demonstrated against al Shabaab on Sunday demanding for peace, other Somalis online and in the diaspora were contributing to the cause of the Aamin Ambulance service.

Abdi Addow Nabadoone, a Somali based in Stockholm, Sweden started a gofundme page with the goal of raising a 100,000 Swedish Krona (US $12,286) to support Aamin Ambulance.

Within 16 hours since the page was created, 38,213 Swedish Krona (US $4,694) was raised by 198 people.

Abdi Addow said the money will help them improve communications, medical supplies, vehicles and human resource to be able to provide quicker emergency response.

“Please support the unsung heroes and heroines of Aamin Ambulance,” he appealed on the page.

I’m raising money for Help Aamin ambulance. Click to Donate: https://t.co/YQgNUlt4Gh

— Abdi Addow (@AbdiAddow1) October 15, 2017

Aamin Ambulance works in partnership with the Somali federal Government, UNOCHA, UNDP and WHO.

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