Casualties of Somali children under five peak

Wounded child in Somalia

The number of children wounded in the war in Somalia has increased dramatically over the past month.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says out of 1,590 wounded in the capital Mogadishu, over 700 are children.

Almost half of the children wounded were under five.

Tarik Jasarevic from WHO says the increase could be due to an intensification of fighting around Barakat Market which is a densely populated area.

"Fighting in Somali's capital was mainly street-based, resulting in a very high price being paid by the civilian population in the ongoing conflict.  Overstretched health workers were struggling to treat the large number of war-wounded patients.  In many cases, they lacked proper equipment and means to cover all cases". 

Since the beginning of 2011, Jasarevic adds, over 3,900 war-wounded people had been admitted to the three main hospitals within Mogadishu.  

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