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Ethiopian Medical Team Returns Home after Providing Humanitarian Aid

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Addis Ababa November 1,2017 An Ethiopian medical team deployed to provide medical humanitarian aid to victims of the horrendous terroristic attack that killed over 300 in Mogadishu has returned yesterday.

The 4 person surgeon team that has been rendering medical humanitarian aid for 8 days was dispatched in response to the request of Somalia's government for medical assistance.

Ethiopian government officials received the medical team upon their arrival at Bole International Airport.

Health Minister Professor Yifru Birhane said on the occasion the plastic surgery, general surgery, fracture and skin related deformation specialists have done all they could to alleviate the suffering of the victims.

Professor Yifru noted that “instability in ones neighborhood causes instability at home. Similarly, lack of health in your surrounding can ultimately cause suffering and disease in your home. That is why these professionals went to Mogadishu”.

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ethiopia to Somalia, Jamaludin Mustafa Omar said though this is primarily a brotherly gesture, the contribution of the surgeons is the symbolic indication of our commitment during the hardships.

According to Ambassador Jamaludin, what is done by the Ethiopian government following the attacks is not only part of public diplomacy but a great humanitarian involvement.

Team leader, Dr. Zerihun Abebe said the patients, families, and the people at large as well as the government of Somalia were happy. Above all, the medical aid has created opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the field.

Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Meles Alem said the doctors have represented their country in their profession and they are heroes.