16-year old teenager passes away in Mogadishu Central prison due to untreatment
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A sixteen year old teenager passed away in Mogadishu’s Central prison due to being left untreated while serving a five year sentence according to relatives.
The teenager who was identified as Mohamed Ibrahim Muse by his mother Sa’diyo Mohamed who spoke to local radio stations said her son was serving the third of his five year sentence when he fell ill and died Monday night. The mother of Mohamed Muse, who has been in jail since he was fourteen, accuses the prison administration of refusing him medical treatment by means of either bringing a doctor or taking him to a hospital.
“My son became very ill, upon finding out we informed the prison administration who failed to do anything until his health deteriorated, and eventually on Tuesday morning we were told he passed away” said Sa’diyo Mohamed. “This is very sad and unfortunate, and has been very hard on me and our family. It was an unjust decision by the prison administration to deprive him of medical treatment. Had we offered money to the prison administration they wouldn’t have hesitated or thought twice about attending to his health” she added.
The conditions and services in Mogadishu’s Central prison, based nearby the coast, are very lacking in many aspects, especially in the health services, which have caused the death of several inmates. Cases of diarrhea outbreaks are also very common, which also claimed the lives of several inmates late last year.