The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS)
health clinic at Harfo, in Puntland, was quieter then usual last Thursday.
Nasro Muhed Farah, the midwife, thought patients might have stayed away
because of the Prophet Mohammad's birthday. "But we are here everyday
from 0730-1430 - except Friday," she said. The mother and child/out-patients'
clinic usually sees up to 30 patients a day, and is the only provider of
free health care to the 6,500 people living around Harfo. Over the past
seven years, 32 such clinics have been set up across Somalia, opened with
Federation or ICRC assistance.