and Union Officials visit Journalist Hassan Mohamed Mohamoud
suffering Severe diabetes at COPTIC Hospital in Nairobi and
Call for Urgent Assistance
Mogadishu, February 4, 2012
Some of the senior Somali journalists in Nairobi and their
union leaders, visited colleague Hassan Mohamed Mohamoud better
known as Hassan Jaceyl, who has been suffering severe diabetes
and had one of his legs amputated last year due to the diabetes,
at COPTIC hospital in Nairobi on, on Saturday February 4, 2012.
Hassan, 45, a veteran journalist, has been suffering from diabetes
in recent years, but the disease took him into a dire situation
and was admitted to South B Hospital in Nairobi mid 2011which
resulted to have his right leg amputated and since then did
not heal properly. Somali Journalists through their union fundraised
more than $7000 for his medical expenses. The Committee to Protect
Journalists (CPJ), an international press freedom organization
based in New York also donated additional fund for Hassan's
He came to Nairobi after the radio and Television - Horn Afrik
Radio and Television - was seized by the Shabab in 2010, followed
by fear and threats.
Last Wednesday, Mohamed Garane Adan, NUSOJ's Training Secretary,
who is also the union representative in Nairobi handed over
a total of 88, 191 Kenya Shillings donated by Reporters Without
Borders (RSF), an International Press Freedom organization based
in Paris, to Hassan.
Somali Journalists led by Mohamed Garane, NUSOJ's training
Secretary visited at COPTIC hospital in Nairobi. The journalists
learned by shocking health condition of Hassan- his kidneys
malfunctioned due to the diabetes - in his dyless room.
Hassan's condition worsened since last week. The journalists
and the union officials who visited include Mohamed Garane Adan,
NUSOJ's training Secretary, Ali Mose Abdi, a veteran journalist
who works for AFP, Bile Abdullahi Ali, Heeb Abdi, Abdifitah
Omar Halane, Ahmed Muuse Guurre Waqa, Mohamed Barre, Cabdifitah
Mohamed Elmi, Abdi-asis Ibrahim Ali, Ahmed Hasan Qeyre, among
Hassan's Dr. George Muturi said that Hassan was fortunate,
after performing CT BRAIN SCAN, Dr. Muturi declared that Hassan's
brain was healthy and in good condition. The brain scanning
follows after Hassan went unconscious. Dr. Muturi added that
they will do their best for Hassan's healing.
Mr. Garane declared that "Our colleague Hassan needs help
from his fellow brothers and sisters and the entire media members
in Kenya and Somalia," noting that it is the duty of each
of us to donate for the healthy recovery of our colleague."
Ali Mose Abdi, a veteran journalist working for the AFP, after
briefly talking about the disease that led to Hassan's kidneys
malfunction, reiterated that "Our colleague Hassan needs
constant assistance from the Somali Journalists and the Somali
community at large, as long as his kidneys will need Dylesis
Please donate/help Hassan to recover. For more information,
Hassan can be reached through Ahmed Mire
Ali, a relative member who is currently helping him:
+254 7222 07041 Or the National
Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) who will guide you.