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A Speaking Womb
by Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
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In the swiss built hospital of SOS in Mogadishu an ugly incident happened several months back. A doctor saved a pregnanat women by removing her womb. Her husband demanded compensation for the loss as he claimed that he did not authorize the doctor to take such action. But the doctor insisted that without the removal of the already ruptured womb, the life of the parient wouldn't have been saved. This has led to closure of hospital. The city grew tense. No where women could receive services free of charge other than SOS hospital. Some women died while impasse was being dealt with. Other pregnant mothers lived with worry and tremendous emotional stress as they didn't know where they would go if time came to deliver the baby. When the case was settled, nobody appologized to these mothers and the general public. In this short poem, the womb gives an appology to the people especialy families who lost mothers. It also appologizes to mothers who underwent emotional pain as a result of the hospital closure.

I am An organ. An organ I am
Just an organ albeit important
I am a womb. A ruptured womb I am
From inside my owner I was removed
Gates of trouble were flung open
The steam of bitter row boiled over
compensation demanded
Explanation denied
Doctors drowned in the depths of fear
Hospital services forcefully suspended
Poor mothers became a statistic
Clerics of Islamic courts intervened
With cash payment case was settled
But no one took the blame
No party appologized to public
Nobody sympathized with the mothers
Nobody comforted the breaved families
Tears of pain dried in their eyes
I'm sorry. So sorry I am
Borthers and sisters
People of Mogadishu
Please accept my appology
I'm the cause of this trouble
I'm the cause of this misery

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Reviewed by Gerald Tate 3/4/2010
Very sad but inmportant tale. It is amazing what lengths people will stoop for money.

Well written Abdi.

Gerry
Reviewed by Fauzia Farrah 1/20/2009
The story and the poem both brought tears to my eyes . i was astonished about this incident when i first heard it on BBC ,Well put Abdinoor . It shows your unique ways at looking at things/situations and for that i salute you.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/28/2008
Sad, touching, powerful. You have moved me to tears.
Reviewed by Fartun Hussein (Reader) 12/26/2007
This was one of the best poems I have read.
Tears flow to my eyes while I was reading this. Imagining those poor women and what they had to go through, because of one selfish man.
I hope they are getting the care they did now. I donít blame the hospital, I donít think they had choice, but they have my gratitude.

Fartun!
Reviewed by Cedric III 8/5/2007
ma fiicanahay? [sorry about the spelling lol]

this is sad.
the situation you prefaced this poem by is sad and shouldnt have to happen though i know that things in Somalia work a whole lot differently than most other places.

imagine, if a womb could talk, it would be sorry for causing such pain and disruption. but then one would have to argue that the womb was just preforming the duties it was created to perform when something else got in the way and sabotaged its actions...

but i think this is a beautiful gesture.
if no side is "man enough" to admit fault and say sorry to those who lost needlessly in the interim then lets allow the womb to step up and take the blame so that closure can be found.

quite a unique idea =)
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 1/25/2007
I believe... in order for growth, comes with it, anquish...
Many an innocent man and women, sacrificed for their betterment, unfortunately. All in all, this doesn't make it an excuse and it depends on who is, the benefactor(?)...(either way, someone is affected)
If only, there was a way to "grow together???"

I sit an ponder over what is more advantageous, a "Headache" or "sitting on the verge of a migraine"...

Fantastic write, sad,sad, subject...
Love and Peace~
We all need it...
Kimmy~
Reviewed by Joyce Devenish 1/15/2007
This is important. The way it was done was well thought out. Good work. Regards Joyce
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 8/3/2006
Perhaps the doctor had no alternative - Those things are sometimes necessary. lil flower
Reviewed by jacqueline amos 2/6/2005
the womb the link between the heavens and earth, the dark to light, the institutions of tribes, the sea that lies, within the beginning of life, in the beginning word was law, womb-man manifestation of the holy ground, the closes to God. The incubation of creations. The one who lives with.
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 10/14/2004
This makes my tears flow Abdi-Noor as I ponder what kind of men are these and then you make me remember with your words that all is not lost, at least not today. Peace and blessings my friend.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 10/13/2004
very sad and touching poem
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/13/2004
heartwrenching! >tears <

powerfully sad write; when will all this madness end??

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn in texas. :( >tears <

*continued prayers to you and your family, and also somalia*
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/13/2004
(((abdi-noor)))

heartbreaking! *tears*

you are still--ALWAYS--in my thougts and prayers

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/13/2004
A most powerful statement, Abdi-Noor. Truly hope expectant mothers will now get the care they need.



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