Imogen, Allen and Michael visit the SAACID Health Care Centre in Mogadishu.
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15 Jun 2015 - 4:01 PM  UPDATED 24 Sep 2015 - 11:47 AM

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Imogen, Allen and Michael visit the SAACID Health Care Centre in Mogadishu. The centre cares for some of the youngest victims of Somalia’s war and famine. As the UN is denied access to Somalia, local charities struggle to keep a generation of babies alive.



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Attitudes, Ethics and Citizenship

Question 1

Imogen reacts strongly during her visit to the SAACID Health Care Centre but feels that it is not her right to cry in front of the women and children being treated. Write about your reactions to seeing the footage of the charity and whether you agree with Imogen’s sentiments.

Question 2

In the clip you hear many statistics relating to the situation in Somalia. List these statistics and then comment on your reaction to each of them.

Question 3

July 2012 marked the one-year anniversary that famine was declared in Somalia. In your opinion, what long-term effects will this famine have on Somalia and its ability to rebuild?



Democracy, Duty and National Values

Question 4

Last year, Australia accepted 190 Somalis as refugees. Later in the episode, Michael states that he believes Australia is taking its fair share and that he’s proud of the contribution we make.

a. Do you think Australia is doing enough to improve the situation in Somalia?

b. How do you think individual people could assist the development of Somalia?

Question 5

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is the world’s leading independent organisation for medical humanitarian aid. MSF Australia currently works in Somalia. Outline what role the organisation plays in the country.

Question 6

Commissioned by the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme, the report Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Young People and Mentoring: The Case of Horn of Africa discusses some of the challenges facing young people from the Horn of Africa (pp.32-38). Briefly summarise each of the challenges and suggest possible ways to address the issues.



Human Rights, World Issues and Responsibilities

Question 7

The SAACID Health Centre is an indigenous Somali not-for-profit, non-governmental women’s organisation that addresses child malnutrition in Mogadishu by providing care and nourishment. Who is funding this organisation? Why is this health centre a charity?

Question 8

For the majority of babies born in Mogadishu the first year of life is very different to that of Australian babies. Watch the clip to assess conditions in the SAACID Health Centre and Mogadishu. Write a comparative account of the food availability and living conditions of Somalian and Australian babies, and then compare their health, physical development and prospects for survival.

Question 9

The SAACID Health Centre was established in 1990. Its original mandate was to advocate for women’s rights. Go to the website and investigate the organisation’s program sectors. Outline the six distinct sectors and explain why the organisation believes empowering women will help reduce child malnutrition.

Question 10

There are many organisations that are trying to improve the situation in East Africa. Choose one of these organisations and write an explanation of what it does and how it helps improve health conditions in Somalia.


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The Australians Supporting the UN Refugee Agency
United Nations Development Program in Somalia
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders): Medical Humanitarian Aid Organisation
SAACID Organisation: Sharing Health and Hope