Martini Hospital

    Martini Hospital in Mogadishu, named after a famous Italian general, was founded by Italian colonisers in 1912. A former military hospital, it played a huge role in the 1977 war between Somalia and Ethiopia.

    Since the fall of the Siyad Barre regime in 1991, Martini Hospital has ceased to function as a hospital. Rather now it is a place of residence to over 1000 families.

    The last twenty years of conflict have decimated the building. Much of its infrastructure has been destroyed and the place runs now almost like a refugee camp. Most families here have disabled members and attending to their needs means their day to day lives are difficult.

    Abu Darda Radiallahu ‘anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, said: ‘Seek among weak ones, for you are given provision and help only because of the weak amongst you.’

    - Sunan Abi Dawud

    Ummah Welfare Trust has made it a special focus to target vulnerable communities this year. Following surveys at the hospital grounds, the field team found 460 families who needed immediate relief.

    On 25th February, Ummah Welfare Trust distributed food packages to the families of 460 disabled persons in Martini Hospital. InshaAllah the package will provide a cushion to each of these families as they attend to their disabled kin.


    Case Study: Maqsi Mohammad Hassan


    Maqsi is 29 and lives in the hospital. She was born in the hospital and now, many years later, lives here due to her disability. She has been here for 10 years.

    Her husband, who is looking for work, and four children live at home. Alhamdulillah the UWT food pack eased a difficult situation for Maqsi and her children.


    Case Study: Adam Hassan Adam


    Adam is 55 years old. He is married with five children but he lives in Martini hospital.

    Adam lost use of his legs in the 1982 war between Somalia and Ethiopia. Since then he has been in the hospital. After receiving provisions for his family, Adam thanked Allah and then the donors of Ummah Welfare Trust.