Al-Shabab’s coronavirus prevention and treatment committee has set up a corona virus treatment centre in Jilib, Somalia. This was made known in a broadcast on their radio station, Andalus.
The broadcast featured 2 individuals, Sheikh Mohamed Bali, who spoke thanking the group for setting up the centre and directing those with symptoms to report to the centre. While the other unidentified man commented affirming that the centre is ready with vehicles to transport suspected coronavirus patients who call in to get help.
International health organizations have reported the increasing spread of the COVID-19 in Africa, and according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University, Somalia has reported 2,579 cases and 87 deaths as of Sunday 14th June 2020.
Over ten years, the group has fought to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed central government and established its own government based on strict interpretations of Islamic law. The group has also carried out countless attacks on Somalian soil and neighboring states. This has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and properties.
The major motive for setting up this treatment centre is yet to be revealed and remains rather questionable considering the group’s reputation over the last decade. Nonetheless, this is a laudable move by al Shabab and it is hoped that the final goal is geared towards a better humanity.