Today is a slightly different day; it is Friday, which is the day off in Somalia. We head to the office but there are some skirmishes on the streets and we are advised to head back to our accommodation. So I am spending the day writing up a week of notes from the various interviews we have had. Today's skirmishes are nothing like the other night, but serious enough to indicate that things are still not stable.
We have heard people have left Mogadishu or moved to the outskirts of central Mogadishu. It is reflecting in the numbers of people coming to the clinic, Fuad has said they have dropped slightly in the past weeks; it would make sense with the consistent exit of people from the surrounding neighbourhood. There was a large area, that people described to me as a slum, close to the clinic that was shelled quite badly a few weeks ago. As a result most of the people have fled the area and we have gone from seeing 88 patients from that area last month to only seeing 17 this month and we already at the 19th of the month. The people just could not stay anymore, it does not mean they still don’t need the assistance; it is just too unsafe for them to get to us. This is the reality of access to healthcare here.