Kenya condemns Somali terror attack, launches humanitarian initiative

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has strongly condemned the horrific terror attack on Saturday 14 Oct., 2017, in Zobe District, southern Mogadishu, which until now has claimed over 300 lives and over 350 more injured.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet  Secretary Amb Amina Mohammed, said in a press statement on Tuesday that Kenya recognises that the scale and cruelty of the abhorrent crime on Saturday was staged to strike fear and despondency in the people of Somalia.

It was calculated to undermine the progress of the Federal Government in state building.

President Uhuru Kenyatta pointed out in his message of condolence to President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed; “The evil people who planned and executed this heinous crime do not understand, clearly, the pride, strength and determination of the people of Somalia to overcome tragedies and emerge even stronger and more determined.”

And Tuesday, Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, launched the Kenya4Somalia initiative, a humanitarian endeavour to assist the people of Somalia caught in the horrific attack.

During the launch in Nairobi’s Intercontinental Hotel, Amb. Mohamed, who was accompanied by CS for Defence Amb Rachael Omamo, announced that Kenya will evacuate 31 injured Somalis from Mogadishu for specialised treatment in Nairobi and at the same time dispatch 11 tonnes of assorted medicine to Somalia.

Amb. Omamo, while conveying her condolences and that of her ministry, said the region must continue to work together for peace.

The humanitarian effort is coordinated by the Kenya Red Cross who have received a special appeal for assistance from its counterpart Somali Red Crescent.

Red Cross was represented by its Governor, Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said, and Secretary General, Abbas Gullet.

Kenya Red Cross will manage a Safaricom  Pay Bill number to receive donations from donors across the board.

Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Gullet said they were responding to a request by Somali Red Crescent to help a neighbour in need.

CS Mohamed thanked the Red Cross and the Red Crescent for the partnership in this initiative and for the continued priceless work of saving lives and reducing human suffering.

''While we can never bring back the lives that were needlessly lost, we can lessen the burden of those who were injured - whether physically, psychological or socially,'' she said.

''Many families and lives were hurt and broken and are today in terrible need. We converge here to call upon all Kenyans of goodwill to raise funds in support of these families and lives," she added.

She said Kenya appreciates the need to defray expenses for medical attention, psychological and social support as well as short-to-long term requirements of those rendered destitute.”

“Thank you for heeding our call to help our brothers and sisters in Somalia in their hour of need. Today, you are all symbols of humanity and hope to the survivors of the terrorist attack in which we lost over 200 precious and innocent lives,” said CS Mohamed.

The CS said she is confident with strength and determination, the people of Somalia will overcome the current tragedy and emerge even stronger and shame the evil people who planned and executed the heinous crime.

The CS echoed President Kenyatta’s message reassuring his Somali counterpart that Kenya shall stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Government of Somalia and the people in the fight against terrorism.

This includes identifying and shutting off the evil taps of terror financing, that continue to fuel this scourge.
-0- PANA DJ/VAO 17Oct2017

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