SOMALIA / FREE AMBULANCE SERVICE

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31-Oct-2017 00:02:35
At the site of the recent bomb explosion in the Somalian city Mogadishu, the dedicated staff members of the Aamin Ambulance company rushed to the scene to offer first aid to victims and ferry the injured to hospitals. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / FREE AMBULANCE SERVICE
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI

DATELINE: 31 OCTOBER 2017, MOGADISHU SOMALIA

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1. Various shots, Benadir hospital in Mogadishu
2. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan, Founder of Aamin Ambulance:
“When I came back to the country, the war was going on and people were using wheelbarrows to get patients to hospitals. It led to deaths on the way to hospitals, the persons carrying the patient would be tired. That motivated me to respond and set up Aamin Ambulance services. It has helped to stop deaths.”
3. Various shots, Aamin Ambulance parked in front of the Benadir hospital main entrance
4. Various shots, ambulance siren
5. Various shots, wounded bomb victim inside the ambulance
6. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan; Founder of Aamin Ambulance:
“When you get to the emergency scene, you witness things that traumatize you. What we witness are not things that others see. Tires on all vehicles are punctured because the scene has metal and shrapnel strewn everywhere, and the tires need to be replaced immediately. Sometimes some soldiers fire at us or block you from accessing the scene to rescue someone.”
7. Wide shot, injured victims of the 14th October bomb blast in an ambulance
8. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan; Founder of Aamin Ambulance:
“We could see people burning who could not move but were still talking, yet we could do nothing. We could see people dead as they were driving in vehicles, people bleeding, people buried in the rubble and yet we could not help. It was an explosion that traumatized us.”
9. Various shots, a building that was partially destroyed during the bomb blast
10. Wide shot, AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) and SNA (Somali National Army) soldiers at the site of the bomb blast
11. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Dr. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan; Founder of Aamin Ambulance:
“My dream is to reach every district, village up to the regions, everywhere in Somalia. That my ambulances can reach there and serve them. In the next 5 to 10 years I can reach 2 to 3 regions.”
12. Med shot, ambulance workers talking to Abdulkadir
13. Wide shot, Aamin Ambulance leaving the Benadir hospital

STORYLINE:

While most people run away from the site of a bomb explosion in the Somalian city Mogadishu, the dedicated staff members of the Aamin Ambulance company rush to the scene to offer first aid to victims and ferry the injured to hospitals.

For the past ten years the rescuers have remained true to their calling, offering emergency medical aid to those in need.

Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan is the founder of the 24-hour free ambulance service in Mogadishu. He was motivated to start the voluntary service by the deplorable state of health services in the city.

SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan, Founder of Aamin Ambulance:
“When I came back to the country, there was a war going on and people were using wheelbarrows to get patients to hospitals. It led to deaths on the way to hospitals, the persons carrying the patient would be tired. That motivated me to respond and set up Aamin Ambulance services. It has helped to stop deaths.”

The ambulance service has grown over the years, and today it boasts a team of 35 nurses, paramedics, and drivers, along with a fleet of ten vehicles.

Adan, who still practices dentistry in Mogadishu, explains that his team faces enormous challenges and physical risks as first responders to emergencies, as they witness traumatizing scenes.

SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan; Founder of Aamin Ambulance:
“Sometimes some soldiers fire at us or block you from accessing the scene to rescue someone,” he explains.

Although he is no stranger to blast sites in Mogadishu, Adan singles out the attack on 14 October at the city’s Zoobe junction, in which more than 300 civilians were killed, as the worst he has ever seen.

SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan; Founder of Aamin Ambulance:
“We could see people who were burning who could not move but were still talking, yet we could do nothing. We could see people who had died as they were driving in vehicles, people bleeding, people buried in the rubble and yet we could not help. It was an explosion that traumatized us.”

Adan is undeterred by the challenges he and his employees face and has great plans for Aamin ambulance services.

SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan; Founder of Aamin Ambulance:
“My dream is to reach every district, every village in the regions, everywhere in Somalia, so that my ambulances can reach there and serve them. In the next five to ten years, I can reach two to three regions.”

The ambulance service founder adds that, with adequate support, he could have a footprint in every region of Somalia within the next ten years.
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