Statement on the abduction and killing of NGO health workers

29 May 2020

29 May 2020 - We are shocked and saddened by the unnecessary abduction and killing of the 7 health workers and one civilian at a health center run by our implementing partner, Zamzam Foundation, in Gololey village, South Somalia.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to their families and co-workers. Attacks on health workers is a violation of international law and must not be tolerated. Health workers in Somalia often risk their lives every day working tirelessly to help mothers and babies stay healthy – heroes working on the frontlines. At a time when Somalia is facing threats on many fronts, including COVID-19, this act is reprehensible and we call on relevant authorities to conduct a full and thorough investigation.

Media Contacts

Dheepa Pandian
Chief of Communication
UNICEF Somalia
Eva Hinds
Communication Manager
UNICEF Somalia


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

UNICEF has been working in Somalia since 1972 when its first office opened in Mogadishu. Today UNICEF has over 300 staff working in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Dollow, Garowe, Hargeisa and also Nairobi, Kenya. Together with 200 international and national NGOs and community-based organizations, UNICEF delivers services in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education and Child Protection, and responds to emergencies and supports peace-building and development.

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