Mogadishu Bombing Changes Somalis’ Ideas about Blood Donations
Something unusual happened in Somalia after the bomb attack that killed 358 people on October 14: Many Somalis went quickly to hospitals to donate blood for the victims.
There was a great need for blood to help people after the bombing in Mogadishu, the capital. Hundreds of people were wounded in the attack. But in Somalia, blood donations are not very common.
Many Somalians do not want to give blood because they are afraid of sharp needles or concerned they might catch a disease. Others believe there might be religious restrictions on donating blood.
For these reasons, Somalia has lacked blood banks for more than 20 years. This made it difficult for hospitals to treat victims who had lost large amounts of blood.
When the bomb exploded, doctors in Somalia immediately contacted hundreds of people who had pre-registered as blood donors. They also launched a social media campaign, including a Facbook page, to seek out new donors.
Omar Habeeb completed medical school at Benadir University in Mogadishu. He says the Facebook page got over 500,000 views on the day of the bombing.
"Then hundreds of people voluntarily poured into the hospitals to donate blood," he said.
Many of the blood donors were sent home because hospitals were not prepared to store the blood they did not need right away, Habeeb said. But these would-be donors were registered to be contacted in the future when blood is needed.
Najma Ali Moalim is another young doctor in the group. She was among the first medical workers to arrive at the site of the bombing.
"The fact that the country has no blood bank, and that we have seen patients dying because of loss of blood - including children, pregnant women, and gunshot patients - we have decided to stand up and ask our people to donate," she told VOA.
Mohamed Aden Jama is a young medical student who was among the blood donors. She says blood is the most valuable thing a person can donate.
"And for me it means saving a life, saving the life of a brother or sister," Jama said.
Religious leaders and health officials are also using information campaigns to tell Somalis there are no religious restrictions on giving blood.
In addition to their work on blood donations, the doctors' group is supporting another social media campaign that is raising money for families of bombing victims.
I'm Bryan Lynn.
1.bomb attack 炸弹袭击
Police officers have continued to sift through the wreckage following yesterday's bomb attack.
2.blood donations 献血
Blood donations are also being collected on university campuses.
3.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
4.blood bank 血库
This blood bank nearly has little blood, therefore, the patient emergency case unable to donato blood now.
5.In addition to their work on blood donations, the doctors' group is supporting another social media campaign that is raising money for families of bombing victims.
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6.They also launched a social media campaign, including a Facbook page, to seek out new donors.
seek out 找出；寻求
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索马里首都摩加迪沙发生炸弹袭击后，医院的血库告急 。数百人在这次袭击中受伤 。但是在索马里，献血并不常见 。
很多索马里人不愿献血，他们害怕尖锐的针头或担心因此感染某种疾病 。还有人认为献血有宗教方面的禁忌 。
由于这些原因，20多年来索马里的血库一直紧张 。这让医院很难为失血过多的伤者医治 。
炸弹袭击发生后，索马里的医生立即联系了数百名登记在册的献血志愿者 。他们还在社交媒体上发起了活动，包括在Facebook上寻找新的献血志愿者 。
奥马尔（Omar Habeeb）毕业于摩加迪沙贝纳迪尔大学医学院 。他指出，炸弹袭击当日，超过50万人访问了该Facebook页面 。
奥马尔指出，医院目前不打算存储不急用的血源，因此很多献血者被劝回 。不过，这些志愿者已经登记在册，以备未来不时之需 。
娜吉玛（Najma Ali Moalim）是该组织的另一名年轻医生 。她是首批抵达爆炸现场的医务人员 。
她对美国之音表示：“国家没有成立血库，但包括儿童、孕妇和枪伤患者在内的病人不断因失血而殒命 。我们决定站出来请求人们献血 。”
嘉玛（Mohamed Aden Jama）是一名年轻的医学生，也是献血志愿者 。她说，血液是人们捐赠的最宝贵的东西 。